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Martin C

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Post Wed Sep 10, 2003 11:15 pm

will a long length of cable effect my plotter?

I'm re-arranging my 'studio' :D and now have enough room to swing two cats by the tail!

Ideally I need to locate my Roland Cutter some way from the PC.

Would a long cable length have any negative effects on the workings of the cutter and does anyone know a supplier of cables 3m plus?
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Mike Grant

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Post Wed Sep 10, 2003 11:29 pm

I had a 10 meter cable specially made up for me by a company recommended by Roland themselves. Worked a treat. Sorry but name of company was lost a long time ago. Give Roland a ring you never know they might still be helpfull.
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Post Wed Sep 10, 2003 11:35 pm

Martin,

Cable lenghts do matter to some extent (volt drop on long runs), but not likely to be a problem in a one room situation.

If you want to be able to pull 13 amps through an extension lead, just get some stranded 2.5mm 3 core (L,N, earth) & pop a plug & socket on it. you will pop the fuse long before you could ever get any significant voltage drop or damage the cable. ** Before somebody says this is overkill ..... YES it is a bit but central heating via cables isn't good !!!

If it's ONLY to run the plotter then a much smaller cable (1.5mm or less) would certainly work, but there's always the risk that some clown will plug a fan heater in it & cause problems ............. make everything electrical IDIOT proof !


I would willingly make one for you @ cost if you're unsure.


regards,

John
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Alan

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Post Thu Sep 11, 2003 12:27 am

Hi Martin

I’m running my Roland on a cheap 3mtr parallel (printer) cable with no problems at all.

Maplins do a 5mtr one for £8 http://www.maplin.co.uk/products/module ... Products=2
Or you may be able to pick one up at a local computer store it’s just a standard printer cable.
If you’re after a serial cable though, that’s a different story. Serial cables can be wired up in more ways that whiskers on those cats. I made one up myself at one time and it ran fine but when I wanted a longer cable I went for the parallel printer cable off the shelf, makes life simpler.

Alan
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Jom

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Post Thu Sep 11, 2003 4:38 am

I'm using a 50ft cable to run our PC60. Works like a charm. It was only $18 at http://www.beesmartinc.com/product.asp? ... =214&3=101

Jom
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Kevin.Beck

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Post Thu Sep 11, 2003 7:51 am

using a 5 metre cable, bought from PC World. No problems at all.
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Brian Hays

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Post Thu Sep 11, 2003 8:45 am

We get our cables from RSD Connections 01992 584205.

If you are running serial I wouldn't go above 5 metres though.
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Martin C

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Post Thu Sep 11, 2003 12:01 pm

Thanks all.......

I have no idea of the difference between Parallel and Serial, but I'm currently using Parallel and in response to an earlier post by me regarding some irritating cutting problems it has been suggested that Serial is best??

I'm going to give Roland a call but any advice welcomed......
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Brian Hays

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Post Thu Sep 11, 2003 3:16 pm

Parallel is faster sending data than serial, you are also far less likely to have problems when using a very long cable. The only real advantage of using a serial cable is that data can be sent both ways, so you can do such things as poll your page size (if your software & cutter support this function) If you don't use this facility then I would stick with a parallel cable. You will find they are a lot cheaper & easier to get hold of than a serial cable.

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