Making my own Wii Sensor Bar

Discussion in 'Wii - Hardware, Devices and Utilities' started by KamikazeEsp, May 8, 2017.

  1. KamikazeEsp
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    Hi there!
    Some weeks ago I started playing Wii games on my laptop, but not having a sensor bar is annoying for some games... I know I can make kind of a sensor bar with just two candles, but it's not as worth as connecting some IR leds to an USB port, but I don't know if just connecting a couple of them it's okay or if I would need some resistors for not overloading my USB port. Any experts here? :lol:
    Any help would be very helpful and welcomed.

    (Maybe there are some English-writing mistakes, sorry 4 that :P)
     
  2. souler92

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    I saw that post, but what I didn't know is if that was safe not putting resistors in the circuit. Thanks anyway ^^
     
  4. souler92

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    i think for 1 led you have to , but if you pair some leds you dont i think....
     
  5. BORTZ

    BORTZ Don't pretend you aren't impressed

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    Two candles will do the trick as well.
     
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    If you carefully plan the LEDs to fit on a 5V supply, you may not need a resistor.
    But it is always a good practice to use limiting resistor so that if one LED blown, it won't take the rest of the LEDs and possibly the USB port with it. How much is a resistor anyway?
    For safety sake, I would also refrain from using the Wii's usb port directly, use a battery or separate power supply with a switch or being controlled by the Wii's usb port/power.
     
  7. souler92

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    or get an sensor bar, cut the original connecter and hook up the usb ? i mean a sensor bar is like 5 bucks maybe less.