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Extend Transmitter USB Outside of Case

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Vision Discussion' started by jadebox, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. jadebox

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    I just ordered a short "Micro USB Extension Cable" that I hope will fit the connector inside the Phantom's transmitter. I'm hoping to be able to add an external connector to the transmitter so that I don't have to open it for firmware updates.

    Has anyone else tried this?

    -- Roger
     
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    Haven't tried it myself, although I have thought about doing what you are talking about. Maybe post some photos of your setup after install.

    BTW - did you notice that the Tx for the new Phantom 2's have an exterior USB port located on the bottom of the case? I cant believe they didn't do that sooner! Opening your case to connect is silly (that's me being nice ;) ).
     
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    Studiowise has done it and made a nice neat job of it. Can't locate his post about it for the moment...
     
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    I just reviewed all of his posts here and didn't see it.

    -- Roger
     
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    My bad, he may have posted his work over on rcgroups P2V forum. But basically he used a small USB lead and notched out a bit where the two halves of the case meet for a near friction fit of the external end of the lead.
     
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    Thanks. That sounds like my plan. It doesn't seem too challenging.

    -- Roger
     
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    Please post images if you do this - i'd love to see how someone else has accomplished this.
     
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    I bought one of these:

    http://www.amazon.com/IVSO®-Nexus-T...sr=8-15&keywords=micro+usb+female+to+usb+male

    I connected it and have it sitting next to the bottom of the controller so all I need to do is take out the bottom two screws and slightly unscrew the top 2, then pry it open a little and pull the usb plug out a bit. It doesn't move at all inside the controller. I was planning on cutting a rectangle out at the bottom and gluing it in place, but that will probably be after it's out of warranty.

    Unfortunately I didn't take a pic yet.

    Edit: Of course, you'll need a regular Type A male to Type A male USB cable as well: http://www.amazon.com/Type-Male-Cab...d=1387518903&sr=8-2&keywords=male+to+male+usb
     
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    found this cable

    http://bit.ly/1cEvWx2

    my plan is to shorten it cutting and soldering
    then file a little the side of the radio and fix the cable connector with www.sugru.com
     
  10. BenDronePilot

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    You can get a short cable you won't need to play with or solder
     
  11. urgno

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    not easy to find one extension of 5-10 cm ... will be meaningless :roll: :mrgreen:

    seem the shortest extension mini usb male to mini usb female is 50cm so is still too long and need some soldering
    but no problems, I'm very good with solder iron ;)
     
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    I too had been thinking of doing this. I have just done it and its working. I filmed the procedure I used and will upload a youtube link to this thread as soon as I can. Hopefully by the end of today depending on upload speeds etc.
     
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    Bit late to the party but I saw I was mentioned on page 1
    It's exactly the right length, needs no soldering just a minute with a Dremel.
    I added this cable. http://bit.ly/1dVyucs
    I went with big and chunky bulletproof USB rather than micro usb with I frequently snapped in other devices!
     

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    good way too
    but I preferred to have the same usb size on TX and P2V so I have to carry just one usb cable
    i'm such a lazy person :roll: :lol:
     
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    Thanks, I was beginning to think I'd dreamt you'd done it!
     
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    The video is uploading. In the mean time I can report that I could not get the transmitter to speak to RCassistant using a USB extension cable, only worked via direct connection to the usb port.
     
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    Very nice looking solution. What's keeping the jack from being pushed back into the TX???

    -slinger
     
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    I ordered a cable that is described as having all the pins connected. So, I assume that some cables don't connect all the pins. That might be the problem.

    Thanks for reminding me to test it before I start cutting into the case!

    -- Roger
     
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  20. Shrimpfarmer

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    Ok so the video is ready.

    Its not the prettiest solution but it does appear to work ok. I will find something to shield the usb plug from contamination when its out in the field.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IRvPYl9DpY

    Hopefully this link works.