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  • Abhishek

    Abhishek

    MemberJul 28, 2013

    Powering Modem With USB.

    I am trying to power my ADSL2+ modem with USB rather than adapter.
    Behind the modem, in the specification it's mentioned i/p : 5V DC & this is same amount of power USB draws, right ?
    Then also, I am unable to power on the modem. What could be the reason ?
    I am using the USB cable the same we use to power Arduino. As shown in image.

    2013-07-28 16.32.43
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  • lal

    MemberJul 28, 2013

    The voltage could be same. But, then it depends on the current modem draws too. Check the current output indicated on the modem's adapter. The maximum current output of USB port is some where around 700mA or even less. Without enough current output, the modem will not get sufficient power to power up.
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  • Jeffrey Arulraj

    MemberJul 28, 2013

    Modem needs minimum power to kick start even if your voltage his higher and your current rating is lesser the power required is not met

    Pls post the current rating given in the adapter that will easily tell us what can be done to overcome this issue
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  • Abhishek Rawal

    MemberJul 29, 2013

    Conqueror
    Pls post the current rating given in the adapter that will easily tell us what can be done to overcome this issue
    I/P : 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz 0.3A
    O/P : +5V --- 1A
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  • lal

    MemberJul 29, 2013

    ah! There you go. The modem doesn't switch on because your USB port can't deliver 1A output.
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  • Abhishek Rawal

    MemberJul 29, 2013

    lal
    ah! There you go. The modem doesn't switch on because your USB port can't deliver 1A output.
    Anyother way that I can help me to switch On the modem with USB ?
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  • lal

    MemberJul 29, 2013

    Not quite sure about that.

    I read about a software by Asus which helps increase the USB current output a while ago. It was used to charge iPhones which needed higher current output to charge from a USB communication port.

    I was thinking about a weird idea of paralleling two USB communication ports from different hubs 😁 Of course not the data lines! Hmm, not sure if it will work at all.
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  • Jeffrey Arulraj

    MemberJul 29, 2013

    Why not implementing a current boost circuit to increase the current That will solve this issue for sure Mate

    Have a good time trying it out
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  • Harshad Italiya

    MemberJul 29, 2013

    lal
    Not quite sure about that.

    I read about a software by Asus which helps increase the USB current output a while ago. It was used to charge iPhones which needed higher current output to charge from a USB communication port.

    I was thinking about a weird idea of paralleling two USB communication ports from different hubs 😁 Of course not the data lines! Hmm, not sure if it will work at all.
    Somewhere I heard about External powered USB HUB you can use it as it will give you more current but again you must have to use one adaptor for HUB so why not use it for your MODEM? 😀
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  • lal

    MemberJul 29, 2013

    Yeah, right. An external powered USB HUB would be same as using the adapter to power the modem.

    Well I read this, the connected device need to negotiate with the usb port to obtain more current. Else a normal usb communication port would supply only 100mA. By negotiating with the port, the device can draw current as high as 500mA (I don't know if it is possible to obtain more than 500mA by this way). I'm thinking may be the modem isn't made to negotiate with the USB port since it is expected to be powered from an external adapter.
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  • Ashraf HZ

    MemberJul 29, 2013

    Use the +5V rail of your PSU, if there is 😁 Be sure to add resistors to limit current of course.

    Or, use the existing +12V rails with a 5V voltage regulator.
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