What is the maximum cable length for Xbox controller?

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  1. Jay Mitchosky

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    Is there a limit to how long a controller cable can be before performance begins to degrade (specifically for Xbox but I suspect this applies to any)? Here's the story: My next HT is going to have my equipment rack in a separate room, and I would prefer to have my Xbox there as well. The current crop of wireless controllers don't impress me - I really prefer 1st party controllers and don't know what Microsoft has in the pipeline. Would it be possible to run extension cable to four external "ports" in the theater proper? Then I could use the standard S-Controllers, Communicator for XBL, plus other external peripherals should I add in the future (ex. wheel, Steel Battalion).
     
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    That's a good question Jay. I'd like to know the specifics as well. Currently I have an S-pad with 2 6-ft Madcatz extenders between it and the Box. The effective cable length is ~21ft. This set-up has served me adequately enough as I have not noticed lag at anytime, though I am holding out hope that the Logitec 2.4GHz wireless will be a winner. *fingers crossed*
     
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    Jay, for it it's worth, here's IGN's review of the Logitech wireless controller. It sounds pretty nice, but I agree with you... no Xbox Live capability = no sale for me.
    Gary
     
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    Wow, I thought I neeeded a lot of extra cable. I only need to go thirteen feet. Microsoft should really just copy the Wavebird design and be done with it. Then we could all be happy with no more wires.
     
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    The last good Nintendo controller was on the GBA or the SNES.
     
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    Just make a copy of the Controller-B (pffft, who wants that little dildo controller? [​IMG]) as a wireless controller and I'll be happy. It is already big enough to house all of the circuitry [​IMG]
     
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    Jay, the "official" spec for a USB (the format Xbox uses) cable is 5 meters in length. It remains to be seen if there is actually any signal degradation for a low-speed device like an Xbox controller.

    However, it would be pretty tough to get your hands on some really long spools of USB cable and I'm not sure if you can get any wall mountable USB plugs. USB wasn't really designed for really long runs, just going from your computer to the peripherial.
     
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    Let 'em phase out the big controllers, I already have four of them :p) :p)
     
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    Ah, but on USB, one can get signal boosters.

    Unfortunately, the Xbox purposefully doesn't use standard USB connectors, so one simply cannot buy a signal repeater and plug it in.
     
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    On a side note, you cold always try and find a cable run long enough for the headset for use with live (or shell out some big $'s for a bluetooth wireless headset) and use the logitech with it. You'ld still be partially corded with live, but for non-online gameplay you could run wireless. Personally, I think this is a really ugly solution and am hoping that microsoft's little post beta questionaire inquiring to interest in a wireless controller pans out. I really have a hard time buying anything but 1st party hardware.
     
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    Jay,

    It seems like it might be better to just run really long A/V cables to the other room, and keep the XBOX in the same room with you. That way, you don't have to go to a different room to switch games.

    ... or is that what you already said above?

    You're going to have to go to a different room to switch DVDs??? Blech!

    Good luck!

    Jeff
     
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    Well it was just one question among many. Here's hoping
     

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