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    Default Fan controller setup

    So I have the Rheobus Extreme now, happy with it but need to figure out something.
    Included with the controller 2x wiring sets each designed to connect up to 2 fans to the controller, plus a 2 wire leg to plug into mobo fan header to monitor voltage. Having just my rear fan on one of these wiring sets allow monitoring rpm's and adjusting speed just fine.
    When I wire both fans on the radiator the same way I can monitor, but not change rpm's. I know there's a reason for this but like my posts before I just don't have the best handle on controlling fans.
    So the two fans are connected to the "mini harness" I'll call it, with the third 2 wire leg connected to cpu fan header. In turn, this harness is connected to a standard 3 pin fan cable extension which is plugged into the controller. But although I can monitor the rpms I can't change them.
    So I don't know if I'm missing something and these fans are setup to run wide open all the time, or the glitch is with the wiring "harness" included with the controller unit.
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    Default Re: Fan controller setup

    Need more details.
    For the two radiator fans, do you want to control each of these fans using a separate channel for each fan?
    Do you want both fans to be controlled by only one controller channel/dial?
    The pictures at Newegg and Sunbeam don't make it clear how many wires there are on each of the wire bundles.
    Does each individual bundle have the same number of wires going to all three of its connectors?

    The only cable that is clear is the male to female 2 wire connector that is used for speed monitoring.
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    Default Re: Fan controller setup

    I think that I've figured out the wiring for each bundle.
    If you want to control both radiator fans with only one dial on the controller, you will need to use one of your earlier fan cable splitters that has one female connector and 2 male connects. As we discussed in your other thread, you will need to disconnect one yellow (sense/rpm) wire from one of the male connectors for the reported fan speed to be accurate..
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    Default Re: Fan controller setup

    Yeah I want to control both from one knob. That makes sense, but you would think they would have the da** things wired correctly to start with.
    Thanks again and I'll pull it down after while and sort it out (got so many wires and already attached 9000 zip ties, lol)
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    Default Re: Fan controller setup

    note: SB = Sunbeam provided cable connector.

    SB female with y/r/bk wires plugs into the back of the fan controller.
    SB male with y/r/bk wires plugs into the female connector on your non-SB cable.
    Each male connector** on your non-SB splitter cable connects to one of your radiator fan's female connectors.
    The SB female connector with only 2 wires (y+bk) plugs into a mobo fan header for monitoring fan speeds.
    The SB connectors with only 2 wires (r+bk) is a 3-pin extension cable for power only; it doesn't include a yellow rpm sense wire.

    **For proper fan speed reporting, you must disconnect only 1 yellow wire from one of the male connectors that goes to one radiator fan.
    For best performance, you should put a small dab of hot-pink nail polish somewhere on your fan cabling spaghetti wires.
    Hopefully I haven't confused you with the facts.
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    Default Re: Fan controller setup

    Thanks, I knew how the SB wires hooked up, it was the wire spaghetti that ultimately tripped me up as I had one fan working and the rad fans not. All is good now and it took me about an hour to straighten up the mobo side of pc, which I'm still not going to show.
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    Default Re: Fan controller setup

    looks good.
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    Default Re: Fan controller setup

    Thank You. You should see the other side.
    But anyway it keeps the main area clear.
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    Default Re: Fan controller setup

    Now that ProfJim has schooled me on the fan adapters setup, I've been making some up from some spares that will monitor the rpm, and plug into the fan controller. Disassembling and keeping the pins intact and a little dab of superglue works wonders.
    (I know, superglue isn't as cute as nail polish)
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    what are your temps like now boon with that grown up watercooler?
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