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Link Cable project interest
Posted on: 2010/11/11 8:06
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Hey,

As you know, we don't have a link cable, or a suitable connector available for the VB. There's several ways to make a cable that works, but in the end, it's mostly ugly hacks for development/prototyping. I've been trying to come up with a way to make a quality cable that would just plug in... but so far have been unsuccessful.

So... it got me thinking... how about just making a proper cable? I contacted a custom part manufacturer (who I've used parts from in the past), and they said they could do it, but of course wouldn't be "cheap". I sort of based my design thoughts on the SNES A/V connector, which includes a plastic shell with crimp pins. So, I found some crimp pins which should work, but I didn't have any way to make a 3D model of the plastic shell.

Well, of course I asked Hedgetrimmer (our resident 3D modeling expert), and he created a GREAT model of a plastic shell to house the pins. With that, I was able to verify with the MFG that it could be made, as well as get an estimate for price.

So, now here's the question. They were right... it's not cheap. A complete link cable would cost about $40, since the quantity would be so low. At this price, how many would be interested (and how many)? Would anyone want just the connector/pins?

There'd probably only be about 50 cables made, and this would probably be the only run, since I'm assuming the demand would be low. I don't mind investing the money (and probably losing quite a bit on this project), since I think it's a very worthwhile project... but, if I'm the only one that has any interest in it, there's no point in even considering it further.

But, IMO this seems like a good time to pursue this, since homebrew is continually advancing, and I think linked homebrew has been held down by lack of link cable. Also, I assume some will be buying the new Flashboy, even though they already have an old Flashboy... so with two flash carts, why not have a cable to link the systems?

Of course, if there's an unanticipated large interest in this, the price would come down... but we're a pretty small community, and the homebrew crowd is really the only market for this.

Thanks,
DogP
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#2
Re: Link Cable project interest
Posted on: 2010/11/11 8:21
Virtual Freak
Joined 2008/5/30
Spain
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wOw, I would be interested in a cable, that great project!!
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#3
Re: Link Cable project interest
Posted on: 2010/11/11 8:38
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Joined 2006/9/29
USA
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A professionally produced link cable would be cool, but that's out of my price range for a cable. Sorry.
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#4
Re: Link Cable project interest
Posted on: 2010/11/11 8:46
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Joined 2003/9/3
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I would gladly pay $40 hands down for a professionally made link cable.

Also, if someone could make GDB work with (one end of) it for debugging on hardware from a PC, it would be the best thing ever! (I know both you and David Tucker have been tinkering with it in the past.)
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#5
Re: Link Cable project interest
Posted on: 2010/11/11 11:20
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I will probbely also be intrested in this cable
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#6
Re: Link Cable project interest
Posted on: 2010/11/11 11:55
Virtual Freak
Joined 2008/4/23
Great Britain
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I'd definitely be interested in a link cable. I'll put my name down for two.
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#7
Re: Link Cable project interest
Posted on: 2010/11/11 21:27
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Joined 2010/2/19
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100% interested in buying one.

What length will the cables be? something long, 5' or 6' would be cool.
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#8
Re: Link Cable project interest
Posted on: 2010/11/11 22:10
Nintendoid!
Joined 2006/7/11
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One fore me :-D
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#9
Re: Link Cable project interest
Posted on: 2010/11/11 22:13
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I'd take one as well. :-)
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#10
Re: Link Cable project interest
Posted on: 2010/11/12 1:30
Nintendoid!
Joined 2008/10/19
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I would most likely take one, too!
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