I'm looking at this as my next step. I'm all Windows 10 here. Plan to stay that way.
I've been using my laptop as my outside computer, to WiFi to my inside computer, via TightVnc.
And although I have my entire wiring in a harness, I want to get way from that, centralize at the mount, and only need power for the equipment.
Posts like yours are especially valuable to me, Astrojedi.
May I bounce my thoughts about this here?
Currently, I have a StarTech 7 port powered USB hub, it carries the 4 USB cables. (CCD, Autoguider, Focuser, and Mount) The single 3' cable (USB3) connects the hub to my laptop. (A filter wheel, USB controlled, is in the think tank)
Power wise, 12 volt to the mount, 12 volt to the CCD cooling, and a 5 volt to my Focuser, which I'm changing to 12 volt when the motor arrives. I run my 12 volt needs from one Group 24-AGM type lead/acid sealed battery. A bouncing 54 pound baby. I want not for power or capacity. (It's a long story)
1. I don't mind having a single 12 volt wire trailing from the mount to the battery. And branching it at the mount.
2. I'd like to have a smaller, WiFi enabled computer to connect the mount, via my homes WiFi router, to either or both computers. These 'stick' computers recently were brought to my attention. I have no need or intention to use it for an HDMI display, only as a mini (micro?) computer.
Where I am amiss is if one could handle my current and future needs, adding a motor to my filter wheel next. (A fifth USB load) Particularly if these little guys can WiFi as well as a regular old laptop can. I realize it is next to impossible to predict somebodies WiFi abilities, and if it doesn't work I'd just have to get a booster or cross that bridge when I come to it (Relocate my wireless router).
But I haven't seen any reference to the Stick Computers WiFi range abilities. Or I've missed it.
I typically use a Thumb drive (jump drive?) in my USB hub to save images to. That way I can simply move the drive to my other computer.
What should I be looking at? Is this one something workable for us star gazers?
And does anybody offer one in a 12 volt power supply?
Edited by SonnyE, 06 February 2017 - 06:21 PM.