Well the batch of 3 pin extensions I got from Ray ... was very poor in terms of quality. Some don't even have usable threads the molding was so bad. It was a $300 order of extensions and well, the 10' and 25' cords were particularly bad and irregular. I don't know what gauge those are using. Again, didn't know it mattered at the time. Those 25' 3 pin cords don't seem to work on much for me ... whichout noticible white flickering or other issues. I had to use these cords ... so I just spend hours trying to fix them with a pocked knife with my Dad ... carving away all the imperfections and trying to get them to work, which most did eventually.
The other thing that could be hurting my range ... is the use of older Ray Wu 3 pin pigtails which are connected to some old SS wire ... which might not be 18 gauge (probably isn't) ... which could be limiting my range, even if the 3 pin was 18 ga ? Those pigtails were re-used from Zeus controllers, then just plugged in the new extensions into them. If those pigtails used 22-24ga wire, might be part of my problem?
Yes, to me the ability to program the SSC remotely (with Falcon uSC SSC programmer) ... takes away the main disadvantage to using SSC(s).
However, I still think I'd have to run a temporary cat5 out the window from the USB Lynx pixelnet dongle to that hub (100' away) to reprogram it, since I don't think I could reprogram
it through the E1.31 to F16v2 that then outputs to the DLA active hub. Or thats not well documented if you can.
What I like besides the distance (and simple unmodified cat5 to each ssc) ... is that you don't have to even think how to plug in the cat5s to the hub (meaning, you just plug them into the hub which is just a big power splitter).
This means my neighbor can just plug every cat5 into the same hub ... and doesn't have to plug into the right channel or anything, since the programming is already
inside each SSC. This is handy because my neighbor has limited time to work on the lights and likes to just get-r-done really fast ... and so not having to know which cord plugs in where really helps him go fast. Then we just keep each SSC attached to the display item, so its basically idiot proof and labeled ... so he installs stuff on the roof, plugs in the cat5(s) to hub ... and is done.
I think the replacement to dla hub+ssc(s) would be the Falcon differential boards ... which similarly give you longer distances using regular cat5 to each differential receiver ... but they need to be powered at each receiver, which is the only downside to me (a minor one) ... and could maybe be an upside also. However, its controlled via. a F16v2 parent board which is a huge plus. The only (small) downside is then you have to know which cord plugs into which, but if you get it wrong, its easy enough to change on the F16v2 web interface, which is a huge plus to using the differentials vs. hub+ssc.