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    Default USB to PCI Adapter Found.... Good For QM-2000?

    Hi Everyone,
    I know a lot of you are looking for ways to make your light show more portable like me. Today I discovered this site that sells a USB to PCI adapter board. http://www.arstech.com/item-SSI2-PCI-card-ssi2_pci.html Although it won't give you the distance like the QM-2000.net with Ethernet; the price is only $129.00. You can't beat that! I'd imagine this would be an excellent alternative for people who want to use a laptop. I myself just purchased a docking station for my Dell laptop which has a PCI slot so I'm okay. However, if this works, I'll probably switch to this adapter and mount the assembly into a case. the docking station is still way too big. Anyone willing to try it out and see if it works?
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    Interesting. I didn't know they made such a beast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fearfair View Post
    Interesting. I didn't know they made such a beast.
    Me neither. Assuming that this adapter is USB 2.0, it should transfer data at 60MB/s where as PCI will transfer data at 133MB/s. This means the data transfer will be slower. (probably negligible) If so, the QM-2000 loads the light show program into it's RAM; therefore the QM-2000 "should" have no delays with the USB to PCI adapter. Or so I believe..... Any thoughts?

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    hey,guy,I am also looking for this type of tool in order to use a laptop.Well,I am really want to know whether it wokrs perfectly for the QM2000 board.

    If someone has tried it,please let me know.
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    Cool

    Only problem I see with that is that the USB standard is pretty limited for length. You can't go much over 18 ft on a USB cable without trouble. But yeah, as a laptop solution, it's cheaper and smaller than a docking station. (Assuming that it works, that is!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by buffo View Post
    Only problem I see with that is that the USB standard is pretty limited for length. You can't go much over 18 ft on a USB cable without trouble. But yeah, as a laptop solution, it's cheaper and smaller than a docking station. (Assuming that it works, that is!)

    Adam
    Has anyone tried out those usb extenders (over cat5) for laser use? I have used them in some applications where they work great and others where they are a problem.

    http://www.kvms.com/usb-extender.asp
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    read carefully, its not USB to PCI, it just looks like its using a USB connector, but it requires a "host card"

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    Quote Originally Posted by flecom View Post
    read carefully, its not USB to PCI, it just looks like its using a USB connector, but it requires a "host card"
    Your right! Wow, I really screwed up there. Yes, you need this PCMCIA card in conjunction with this adapter to make it work on a laptop. http://www.arstech.com/item-SSI2-Hos...2_host_cb.html

    I see what I did wrong now. I found the USB to ISA card adapters first. I just scrolled down the page until I found the PCI card adapter. I should have read the description in detail,,, Stupid! Sorry for the confusion...

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    Resurrecting the thread to ask if anyone has had any luck with this piece of hardware?

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    well its going to cost like $300 to find out... for that you might as well buy a .NET enclosure, or just scrap the QM card and get an FB3, usb and $500... less than a .NET enclosure

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