USB Network Hub Advice
I use astronomy equipment and I usually set up a laptop with the equipment to acquire the images and to control the setup. I was thinking it might be better to eliminate the laptop and buy some kind of hub for the USB cables (from the various pieces of astronomy equipment) to connect into. The problem is that the entire rig is set up outside around 75 feet from inside the house and I understand that USB cables of that length do not exist due to signal loss over distance.
Therefore, I think I need some kind of hub that accepts the USB cables from the equipment but uses an Ethernet cable to transmit the data. I'm looking for something simple. Something that runs the Ethernet cable right back to my PC inside the house and allows me to receive data from the equipment as well as send commands back.
I think I would also need some type of "splitter" that connects into the single Ethernet port into my PC and has two inputs; one for the Ethernet cable from the hub and another for access to the internet.
Does a hub like this exist? If so, does anyone have a good recommendation based on experience?