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    Two hard wired sensor bars

    Hello,
    I was just wondering if the internal circuitry in the Wii is able to handle driving two wired sensor bars.

    I would just splice the wires and use the existing sensor bar plug.

    Has anybody tried this? I have seen various threads about converting wireless bars to USB and so forth. But if I can use the existing plug, it avoids tying up a usb port.


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    Quote Originally Posted by acrosteve View Post
    Hello,
    I was just wondering if the internal circuitry in the Wii is able to handle driving two wired sensor bars.

    I would just splice the wires and use the existing sensor bar plug.

    Has anybody tried this? I have seen various threads about converting wireless bars to USB and so forth. But if I can use the existing plug, it avoids tying up a usb port.


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    Haven't tried cutting cables and splicing, but I have seen from experience that a wireless bar works at the same time a wired one does (but the results are not good). What are you trying to accomplish here?

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    An an aside: not all wireless sensor bars are the same in quality with regard to the enduser...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightstah View Post
    As an aside: not all wireless sensor bars are the same in quality with regard to the enduser...
    Agreed. What I meant was that trying to use both at the same time doesn't work well. I have to hide/unplug the wired one every time I use my wireless. Aside from that the wireless bar works great! (learned pretty quickly to use rechargeable batteries...lol)

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    Well, I am trying to get better range or coverage.

    I have two wired and one wireless to work with. I have the wired sensor on top of my tv, and usually play about 7' from it. The sensor is about 5' above the ground.

    I have had good results with the wired sensor bar and a wireless one stacked right on top of each other. But I want to eliminate the use of the batteries, while maintaining good coverage. It seems that with just the wired bar, if I am laying on the couch, the remote is only about a foot above the floor and the remote gets erratic.

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    Just as a suggestion, Amazon has a 4 pack of Duracell AA's with the charger for $13.21 including shipping. As far as cutting up your wires, well, from prior electrical experience I can tell you that generally electronic devices only send the amount of current needed for the attached peripheral. If you try to draw too much it could either a) overload the circuitry over time on your wii, or b) it will deliver the exact same amount of current and each device would only be half as powerful. Either way, chopping and splicing is probably not a recommendation that someone here is going to give you.

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    Yea, I have a house full of sanyo eneloop's, but I figured the amp draw on the LED's was pretty low. I am not going to give up quite yet.

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    seems like wiring two sensor bars into one would only reduce power to the infrared emmiters

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    This reminds me.


    I've had one of those thirty dollar wireless sensor bars that are licensed by Nintendo.
    It was utter crap. It drained it's four double A batteries too quickly, you couldn't disable the auto-off timer and the build quality was as bad as a madcatz turd. I converted it to run off of USB power, but it didn't matter because it still had that solid state timer that would cut me off and ruin my gameplay and it broke apart shortly after multiple times before I got sick of fixing it and tossed it in the trash. I didn't even harvest the parts.

    Don't mean to hijack, but why was Nintendo Licensing trash like that? The idiots that designed that crappy sensor bar also made a DS screen protector that went bad in a day. This stuff is worse then when they gave rights to Hollywood Pictures for the Mario Movie. At least that has provided me with many hours of fun.


    Back on topic. Instead of splicing two bars together, why not build a custom USB operated Sensor bar?
    That's something I've been meaning to do so I could Emulate Wii games on my PC without having to turn on my real Wii power the IR diodes.
    -Eric

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    Eric,

    Would it not be easier just to buy two IR diodes, and place them above your monitor?

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