The latest powerful Intel NUC 8 mini-PC has multiple USB 3.0 ports, so could be a great choice for attaching multiple RealSense cameras to the same PC.
My question is similar. I have a brand new PC (i7-8700K) dedicated to collecting data with 2 D435 cameras, but I get USB SCP (and sometimes REC) error, as well as occasional low FPS. Realsense Viewer version is v2.13.0, but I also tried v2.14.1. OS is Windows 10. According to the Resource Monitor, both CPU and RAM usage are below 50%.
Results change, depending on which two USB ports I use. There is a configuration that is *mostly* adequate (just infrequent drops in reported frame rate), but it's still not working as well as I believed it would. Worth noting that the best configuration uses what is reported in Realsense Viewer as a USB 3.0 connection and a USB 3.2 connection. The camera on the 3.0 connection has the occasional drops in frame rate. For one configuration, both cameras are reported as using USB 3.2, but I see a lot of USB SCP errors and low frame rates. I'm assuming that in that case the cameras are using the same USB controller.
Is that the critical hardware consideration? Does each camera need a dedicated USB 3.2 *controller* (and not just port)? Is there any better way to debug this than the trial and error that I've been going through?
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If you are using a full PC and plugging the camera directly into the USB ports on the machine and not using a USB hub, then each port would normally have its own USB controller.
Not all USB ports are made equally, and performance on each USB port can vary, even on the same machine. The camera may work on one port but on another it may perform worse (e.g USB 2 mode) or not work on that port at all.
The minimum USB specification for RealSense is USB 3.0 - though the firmware updater software tool specifies a need for USB 3.1 for that particular application - and it also works with hubs.
A USB SCP case on this forum reduced their errors by reducing the resolution of their stream, and therefore reducing the amount of data passing through the USB cable at a given moment.
On another USB SCP overflow case over on the RealSense GitHub site, that user - who was using a USB extension cable rather than the supplied short USB able that came with the camera - reduced the number of errors by reducing the FPS of their stream.
The common theme is that reducing resolution and / or FPS speed helps to stop the USB port from experiencing an overflow error.
Thank you. I looked over the linked posts. I would prefer to not reduce resolution and/or FPS, but I am still experiencing errors.
As mentioned, this is a fairly new computer (Dell with 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8700K, 8GB RAM, and GeForce GTX 1050Ti), purchased specifically for collecting data from a pair of Realsense cameras. However, I can potentially upgrade components if I need to. The problem is that I don't understand where the bottleneck is. The CPU and RAM usage don't seem to be issues. I've tried a USB 3.0 PCIE expansion card and it didn't help. I am going to try a USB 3.1 expansion card, but I don't have high hopes. Do you have any suggestions for finding/confirming the bottleneck, or upgrading the hardware?
I understand if there's nothing more to add. Thanks, again, for your previous reply MartyG.
In these cases involving multiple cameras and apparent USB instability, I now recommend considering the purchase of an industrial grade USB hub, and perhaps industrial grade USB cables. These equipments are used in critical applications such as medical scanners, where instabilities such as frame drops cannot be allowed.
The supplier I recommend for industrial grade USB equipment proven to work with the 400 Series cameras is Newnex.