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$8 Encoder
« on: December 24, 2018, 10:12:00 pm »
Does anyone have any experience with these? I'm thinking about building some individual control panels for skme specific games and I'm wondering if these would be a good alternative to a $40 iPac.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Zero-Delay-Arcade-USB-Encoder-PC-to-joystick-for-MAME-Fight-Stick-Controls/251241991403
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Re: $8 Encoder
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2018, 11:00:21 am »
I have used them a bunch. I do have problems with using 2 of them at once though, if you unplug them and reconnect sometimes they are in the wrong order (p1 becomes p2 etc.) I think someone made a fix for that available somewhere on this site.

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Re: $8 Encoder
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2018, 04:49:48 pm »
Thanks for the info. Sorry about the broken link.

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Re: $8 Encoder
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2019, 11:52:27 pm »
So I got a couple of these in the mail today and I have a question. . . do the connections for the buttons corospond to a letter on a keyboard like an iPac or to something else?

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Re: $8 Encoder
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2019, 12:46:09 am »
So I got a couple of these in the mail today and I have a question. . . do the connections for the buttons corospond to a letter on a keyboard like an iPac or to something else?
The ZD encoder is a gamepad encoder that can only output joystick directions/buttons.



The I-Pac (2015 or newer) is a hybrid keyboard/optical (mouse)/gamepad encoder that can output keystrokes, mouse movements/buttons, or joystick directions/buttons.

There's more info regarding the five categories of encoders on this wiki page backup.


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Re: $8 Encoder
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2019, 11:46:12 am »
I've used the zero delay boards. They work great. I like them.
It's gotten so easy for cabinet builders.
I remember the days of keyboard hacks.


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Re: $8 Encoder
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2019, 09:41:31 am »
I've used the zero delay boards. They work great. I like them.
It's gotten so easy for cabinet builders.
I remember the days of keyboard hacks.

Them dark days, I still have my keyboard hack laying around.

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Re: $8 Encoder
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2019, 09:30:58 am »
I have a few real encoders, and I use these for all hot swap control panels, and/or smaller projects for others... then I moved it to my main arcade machine a while ago (initially for ease, but it's still there).