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Thread: How to convert the wireless wide angle nintendo sensor to a usb powered sensor

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    How to convert the wireless wide angle nintendo sensor to a usb powered sensor


    What You'll Need:

    A really small phillips screw driver
    Soldering Gun and Solder
    Hot Glue Gun and Glue
    A USB cord
    Needle Nose Pliers

    Official Nintendo Wireless Sensor Bar Here

    Official Nintendo Wireless Sensor Bar {UK}Here

    Splice up about 8-10 inches of the wire. All you'll need is the black and red. I dipped the tips of the white and green wires in glue to avoid shorting anything out.

    Remove the 7 screws. Four are under the rubber props and three are under the battery cover. Carefully ope the sensor bar.

    You can have the wire entering the sensor the way you feel fit, I just bored out the middle screw hole under the battery cover (since i wont need the cover and i have no drill rite now )

    However using this method, you will have to cut off the middle screw catch on the top cover of the sensor bar.

    And I hot glued the wires so they wouldn't move around. Try to go under the metal battery clip.

    Solder the black to the black and the red to the red. You really don't need to remove the entire battery clip to do it. They just fell out on me so I did it while they were out. It would help to hot glue the wires inside the sensor in a few places so they won't slip around and get in the way of the wide angle adjuster.

    Carefully put it back together. You will have to leave the battery cover if you used my method of inserting the wires.

    I connected it using the rock band usb extension since I have my hard drive and base plugged in also.

    Power on the wii and you now have a hard wired "wireless" sensor bar. I have not tried it with batteries but i think is should be okay as long as you don't have it plugged into the wii.

    You will have to manually power on the sensor after you turn your wii on but when the wii shuts down, so does the sensor.
    Last edited by twiiges; 03-27-2011 at 04:02 PM.

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    That's a very interesting tutorial. Approved.

    You may want to post a link to the item itself that your instructions are about at the top of your post: Some people may not be aware Nintendo has that official wireless bar available.

    Reviews claim this bar is a stronger sensor and more accurate than the stock sensor bar. Is this true in your experience?
    "I think that the Wii is a beautiful piece of hardware, and a broken Wii is a tragedy. It doesn’t matter why or how." -- Bushing

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    Wondering about the review also. I have a usb sensor i got online a couple of years ago and it plugs directly into the tvs service usb, but its always on when the tv is and the range is worse than the original, and would like to be able to turn it on/off also. Probably going to set this up later, good tutorial

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    I have the same sensor bar, and am sick and tired of replacing batteries. They seem to die after only a couple of days, even when remembering to turn it off when done. The range is a little better than stock, but not enough to justify replace the stock sensor bar in my opinion. I only bought it because I coundn't find a wired one when mine went tits up. I would rather not clog up another usb port, so I am going to try to use the stock sensor bar wires to do this mod. I've been meaning to try it for a while now, maybe this guide has motivated me. I'll get back with my experiences. Good work, twiiges.

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    Link Added above

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    Yeah, I find movement of the finger a lot more accurate and smoother with this sensor. I'm very happy with it. You can get em for 15.00 at walmart.

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    Update: Finally got around to putting together and have found that the sensor is 100% better than stock or other options i've used. No more shacking of the finger and can be used more to the side instead of right in the middle of the room. Using on a 52" Aquos in a big liv room with power from the USB service port it works great. Unlike most people I like the turn on option on the sensor so it can be off when I want it to be since the Wii is 15' away. Highly recommend this tutorial.

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    I wanted to chime in. I passed my cables through the small hole by the middle screw, used blue painters tape to hod it down and soldered to the existing solder points on the battery clips. It works brilliantly and I am thrilled not to have to buy batteries anymore. As far as the worth of this particular sensor, I've used 4 sensors to date and this is leaps and bounds better then the rest, and way better than the standard that comes with the wii. Thanks again for this guide well done.

    you can tie a knot in the cables after they pass through the hole which will prevent them from coming out, you can use the hot glue as well, but I opted just for the knot in teh cable

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    i'm glad to see people using this. thanks,

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    I just did this to my nephews sensor bar. His parents are happy now that they don't have a huge battery "bill". lol

    Thanks for the find. Very useful.

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