New to HTC Vive looking for mount help

Settler

New to HTC Vive looking for mount help

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So my theater room where planning on setting up my Vive is 22' x 25'.  Only way I see I can mount these would be on the ceiling.  Then I could get them around the 16' apart from each out.  Are the mounts that came with unit ok for ceiling mounting or is there something better?

 

Also since going be in the middle of the Home Theater room I really don't want to run a 16' sync cable across the ceiling.  I would be a huge eye sore!  Is the cable needed?

 

Also for the power for these Base Stations what are plug sizes?  I might need to buy some kind of extension to run to them.

5 REPLIES
Pioneer

Re: New to HTC Vive looking for mount help

I have around 18' between my bases, and it works fine. 

The mounts works fine for just about any materiel. I have one in brick wall, and another in the side of a wooden cabinet.

Settler

Re: New to HTC Vive looking for mount help

I thought 16' was max. If I could keep bases closer to corners would help. Just not sure since would even go beyond 18'. Don't want put tons of holes in ceiling moving them around.
Pioneer

Re: New to HTC Vive looking for mount help

I just use Stagg microphone stands, perfect as it enables me to move my basestations around, get the perfect height and distance.  Also handy if you want to move rooms or take it to a mates.

Basestation - Stagg StandBasestation - Stagg Stand

 

Constructor

Re: New to HTC Vive looking for mount help

Be careful and try to test. Some people (me included) have had tracking trouble near the limits (mine was actually about 1 ft less than 5m). I did not try the sync cable. I ended up moving one base station.

Vive Staff

Re: New to HTC Vive looking for mount help

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     Hi @rmilyard, it's super cool that you're able to dedicate so much space for a Vive setup; I know many people who would kill for a setup that large. That said, large spaces do present unique challenges and push the limits of the current hardware spec. The lighthouses themselves have two components: an active laser component and a stationary LED component that flashes and provides optical sync between the two base stations.


     The limiting factor in the system is the range of the stationary LED's which drops off at around the recommended max of 16 feet  (due to the inverse square law). The sync cable allows you to extend beyond that distance and is required for setups past a certain distance. That said, most experiences, as well as the current iteration of SteamVR, are not designed with larger spaces in mind so you may have software issues relating to the software environment completely independent of Vive hardware.


     The base stations have a female 5.5mm x 2.1mm (inner positivity) plug. Be careful when purchasing AC adapters since they're often manufactured very cheaply. An extender like this should work (but is untested on our end). You'll also likely need to extend the HMD's cable which can be challenging as well (you'll need active cables and not all cables work due to manufacturing variations).


- David R

Technical Specialist; San Francisco, CA