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Re: New Homemade HQ Dreamcast Link Cables Interest

Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:32 pm
by deluxux
Awesome work! I will buy one. I agree a dongle style would be best!

Re: New Homemade HQ Dreamcast Link Cables Interest

Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:52 am
by Roareye
Absolutely, though I'd be very interested in seeing if there was a way to rig it to ethernet to play those 5 titles online, with the console thinking it's playing locally.

After all, the games shown require 2 Dreamcasts, 2 copies of the game, 2 TVs etc. I'll happily get one, though I would also like to see online development using this port. Broadband is, for the most part, faster than what the Dreamcast was designed to work with so it's hard to see (from a layman's point of view anyway) what would prevent us using this as an online gaming work-around.

Re: New Homemade HQ Dreamcast Link Cables Interest

Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:22 am
by runkthepunk
Anonymouse wrote:Im not sure of the pin out but it would be sweet if it was possible to make a pair of serial to female rj45 so users could run an ethernet inbetween to their desired lengths. If would also keep size, price and shipping down.


This is definitely a fantastic idea as it allows more flexibity for setting up the machines and TVs required if the cable an be cut to length.

Roareye wrote:Absolutely, though I'd be very interested in seeing if there was a way to rig it to ethernet to play those 5 titles online, with the console thinking it's playing locally.

After all, the games shown require 2 Dreamcasts, 2 copies of the game, 2 TVs etc. I'll happily get one, though I would also like to see online development using this port. Broadband is, for the most part, faster than what the Dreamcast was designed to work with so it's hard to see (from a layman's point of view anyway) what would prevent us using this as an online gaming work-around.


I am not sure if it is possible either but if it were feasible to somehow 'trick' the machines in to thinking they are connected locally but are actually connected online that would be superb!

I would be in for a pair of dongles :shock:

Re: New Homemade HQ Dreamcast Link Cables Interest

Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:37 pm
by SEGA RPG FAN
Roareye wrote:Broadband is, for the most part, faster than what the Dreamcast was designed to work with so it's hard to see (from a layman's point of view anyway) what would prevent us using this as an online gaming work-around.

Don't confuse internet "speed," a real misnomer that I wish would die :D with the time it takes to send data back and forth. A local serial connection will always be "faster"

It's about the latency not the bandwidth.

Re: New Homemade HQ Dreamcast Link Cables Interest

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:05 pm
by Xiden
Progress on this has progressed faster than expected:) Kevin will be taking be taking pre-orders soon to move this project forward. He will need our preorder cost to help contribute towards pcb manufacturing costs.

The cost will be $99 + Shipping for a link cable. Cables will ship 4-6 weeks. After preorders are done he can place a bulk order to the PCB fabrication factory.

Ill be updating the original post with details on how to order. It will be done through PayPal invoice.

Please share this information with your friends so we can place as many orders as possible:)

Re: New Homemade HQ Dreamcast Link Cables Interest

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:21 pm
by mrneo240
Wow. Too rich for me. Figured they would be closer to the previous attempt at this which were $40

Re: New Homemade HQ Dreamcast Link Cables Interest

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:51 pm
by Xiden
mrneo240 wrote:Wow. Too rich for me. Figured they would be closer to the previous attempt at this which were $40


Its mostly due to manufacturing costs. Perhaps if we can get more people on board we could see possible reduction in production costs :) ill continue to keep you folks posted :)

Re: New Homemade HQ Dreamcast Link Cables Interest

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:04 pm
by mellott124
Hi,

I'm Kevin Mellott, the guy making the new serial cable Xiden is referencing. I posted once before when this cable came up a while ago. The difference now is that I have a lot of experience building cables for retro gaming systems, as well as lots of other gear, and a solution to hold those very small 0.5 mm wide pins. I pinged Xiden to see if the previous Dreamcast serial cables ever came to fruition.

I think you'll find that my cables are a high quality 3D printed product. They're printed from a nylon and chopped carbon fiber material that makes them very strong and robust. Surface finish is also top notch. I've shipped hundreds for the Virtual Boy system. I think you'll see some big differences between my cable and others. My cable also contains a custom internal PCB to keep those very small 10 pins aligned, repeatable, and buildable. That is key for this Dreamcast serial cable because those pins are only 0.5 mm wide.

I realize the price is not for everyone but I also cannot build cables for $40. It's just not feasible when things are hand built at low volume. I will build these and get at least 1 to Xiden because I've already completed all the mechanical design and 3D test prints. If for anything else just to put this to rest and provide a cable to people who want one.

Thanks,
Kevin

Re: New Homemade HQ Dreamcast Link Cables Interest

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:35 pm
by mrneo240
They sound awesome!

Re: New Homemade HQ Dreamcast Link Cables Interest

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:52 am
by DcTvsTaisenLink
Hi mellott124, Xiden and all others,

New member here. I was sent here by pcwzrd13.
Put me down for one.

If there only was someone who would want to order several to resell on ebay or something. That would perhaps lower the costs.
Also, this needs some hype. I was not able to find this thread by googling
Something like a Kotaku news item. '300$ unfindable holy grail dreamcast cable being remade'