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Control two Line 6 amps with one foot pedal?
by jjack972 on 2012-02-18 11:58:11

Can I use a networking switch to make my FBV express control two Line 6 amps at the same time? I want to try it, but I want to be sure I won't damage anything. Anyone ever try this?



Re: Control two Line 6 amps with one foot pedal?
by jjack972 on 2012-02-19 12:27:50

Thank you, and yes that's exactly what I want to do.



Re: Control two Line 6 amps with one foot pedal?
by jjack972 on 2012-02-26 20:36:32

Ok, EPIC FAIL here. I tried using a networking switch to control two amps at the same time and the end result is a fried PCB!! Attached is a picture of the end result.

So, for anyone reading this thread or who may be thinking about trying it, I would NOT RECOMMEND it AT ALL.

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Re: Control two Line 6 amps with one foot pedal?
by fflbrgst on 2012-02-27 05:36:57

YIKES!  I suspect the network switch you used (or one of the cables) was a cross-style.  Think about trying to plug two cables together, head to head - if you ran a jumper cable from one to the other straight across the gap, they would be cross-wired.



Re: Control two Line 6 amps with one foot pedal?
by jjack972 on 2012-02-27 15:17:21

I know about the different types of cables. No, they were not cross cables and the switch is a standard 5 port switch.

Wanna buy a nice Line 6 paperweight?



Re: Control two Line 6 amps with one foot pedal?
by fflbrgst on 2012-02-28 05:18:07

If it wasn't the cables, then it was the switch - was it something like the NETGEAR FS105NA?   This is one that 'automatically' switches over from straight-through to crossover style, and is powered.   Something like this switch COULD fry a circuit board on an amp.  The only way for anything to happen to the amp circuit is if something is connected wrong (crossover) and if the cables were ok, then the switch is to blame.



Re: Control two Line 6 amps with one foot pedal?
by jjack972 on 2012-02-28 15:09:08

That's exactly the switch I used



Re: Control two Line 6 amps with one foot pedal?
by fflbrgst on 2012-02-29 05:26:56

See if  you can get the switch manufacturer to pay for the repair!



Re: Control two Line 6 amps with one foot pedal?
by TheRealZap on 2012-02-29 05:31:36

you really should have skipped the network device... as the fbv requires power and does not adhere to the IEEE 568 standard

here is what you should have done:

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Re: Control two Line 6 amps with one foot pedal?
by jjack972 on 2012-02-29 13:53:01

fflbrgst how can I ask a manufacturer of a legitimate piece of equipment to reimburse me for my own error in connecting their equipment in an unsupported application? The switch works fine for what it was designed to be used for.



Re: Control two Line 6 amps with one foot pedal?
by jjack972 on 2012-02-29 13:55:05

@TheRealZap...thanks. I only wish you would have pointed me in this direction sooner because I now have trashed my amp and I don't know if it's possible or even worth repairing



Re: Control two Line 6 amps with one foot pedal?
by jjack972 on 2012-04-10 22:47:01

I find it interesting, fflbrgst, that you have deleted your post where you told me it would be fine to use a networking switch to control two amps. I wonder if you ever even tried it yourself, and if not then why would you recommend someone else do it?



Re: Control two Line 6 amps with one foot pedal?
by TheRealZap on 2012-04-11 05:52:36

i'm sure that he just didn't want anyone else to have the same experience as you did...

sorry about your amp.




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