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  • Hi,

    I have some general questions about the Kinect hardware that I was hoping to see if the community has answers to.

      • Is there documentation on the Kinect wiring harness? I would like to lengthen the wiring harness so that it can be placed further away from the computer and preferable in another room.
      • If item 1 above is possible, is there guidance on the maximum run (length) the wiring harness can be?
      • In other forum postings I read it is possible to connect multiple Kinects to a single computer, is it possible to uniquely identify each Kinect? Lets say I have 4 kinects and they are located in separate locations, I would need the ability to always know which location I am getting data from regardless of the computer rebooting, etc.

    I thank you in advance for the assistance.

    Cheers!

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012 12:41 AM

Answers

  • I've used an active USB extension cable (w/ repeater) to gain an additional 32 ft.  Last I'd tried, two extensions didn't work for me.

    Mike

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 11:04 AM
  • You will note that the Kinect for Windows device cable length is a different from the Xbox sensor which was by design. 

    Commercial Kinect for Windows Sensor
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/kinectforwindows/develop/new.aspx

    • Shortening USB cable and small dongle
      Ensures reliability across a broad range of computers and improves coexistence with other USB peripherals.

    The only extension cable supported and tested by the team is listed here:

    http://supportuat.xbox.com/en-us/pages/kinect/more-topics/sensor-mounting-options.aspx

    This does not mean it doesn't work with repeaters or other extension cables, as PSU Mike has said. It would be a matter of testing and seeing if it works for your scenario and system configuration.

    As far as connecting multiple devices, keep in mind the known documented issues in terms of bandwidth, USB hosts controllers, and USB3 support. To identify the devices there are UniqueKinectId and DeviceConnectionId properties.

    Thursday, August 30, 2012 11:06 PM

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  • I've used an active USB extension cable (w/ repeater) to gain an additional 32 ft.  Last I'd tried, two extensions didn't work for me.

    Mike

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 11:04 AM
  • You will note that the Kinect for Windows device cable length is a different from the Xbox sensor which was by design. 

    Commercial Kinect for Windows Sensor
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/kinectforwindows/develop/new.aspx

    • Shortening USB cable and small dongle
      Ensures reliability across a broad range of computers and improves coexistence with other USB peripherals.

    The only extension cable supported and tested by the team is listed here:

    http://supportuat.xbox.com/en-us/pages/kinect/more-topics/sensor-mounting-options.aspx

    This does not mean it doesn't work with repeaters or other extension cables, as PSU Mike has said. It would be a matter of testing and seeing if it works for your scenario and system configuration.

    As far as connecting multiple devices, keep in mind the known documented issues in terms of bandwidth, USB hosts controllers, and USB3 support. To identify the devices there are UniqueKinectId and DeviceConnectionId properties.

    Thursday, August 30, 2012 11:06 PM