New Products: Fathom Spool, Fathom-X Tether Interface, Updated Fathom Tether!

Good day friends! We’re REEL excited for this release – introducing the Fathom Spool, Fathom-X Tether Interface, and an update to the Fathom Tether! Check out the new product video:

Fathom-X Tether Interface

The Fathom-X Topside Interface (FXTI) is an enclosure for the topside Fathom-X board that also contains a USB to Ethernet converter so that the user has a simple USB-to-tether interface. It also has expandability to connect other devices to tether pairs. The box has a Binder 770 Series Bulkhead to allow connection to the new tether.

Fathom Spool

The Fathom Tether Spool is a slip-ring spool for the standard tether and the slim tether. It comes in two sizes to support 150m and 300m tether lengths. The spool has Binder 770 Series connectors to connect to the tether and to connect to the FXTI. It is sold as kit with some simple assembly required.

Fathom Tether (R2)

The Updated Fathom Tether now has a polyurethane jacket that adheres better to potting compounds and increases the depth rating of the tether penetration. We expect it to work very well now to at least 300m and potentially to 1000m. This also makes for a tether that is more flexible and more abrasion resistant. The electrical construction and properties are still the same. The ROV tether now comes with a Binder 770 Series connector installed on the topside end. It comes fully-assembled. We’ll also begin selling the tether by the meter, without the connector installed.

Note: All BlueROV2s purchased on August 7th or later will have the updated tether and will include the FXTI. There will be no change in the BlueROV2 price.

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  1. Great job guys! We know you have been working on this for awhile and it looks great. I have been looking forward to this and was just getting ready to do my own DIY solution for a topside reel but now I will be ordering this.

  2. I just placed my order for the reel and the FXTI.

  3. adam says:

    Hi Craig,

    Yes, the Fathom Spool is designed to be used with any of the three tethers we sell/have sold, including the original Fathom Tether R1.

    What you suggest is possible, but may not be necessary. The Fathom Spool comes with an 8 m extension cable with Binder 770 connectors at both end to attach to the FXTI, you could cut off one of them to interface with your existing solution.

    -Adam

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