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15 Aug 2021 15:30 #217819 by andypugh
For no good reason I have never been totally happy cutting down a CAT5 cable and clamping the ends in a terminal block. So I came up with an alternative.

 

This is an 8P8C connector and a little PCB that I had made. Actually I had a lot pc PCBs made. 50. 

 

The PCB was made small enough to fit between the rows of the 7i69, as shown above. But for a 7i76 there is not room, However a different terminal block can be used:

 

And that actually works with the first design of PCB that I had made, before realising that I had made them too large for the gap. 

 

So, I now have something like 100 PCBs (and 20 sockets) of which I will only ever use a small fraction. Does anyone want one? 
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15 Aug 2021 16:37 #217831 by scotth
I find this far more elegant. How do I get on the list and how do we reimburse your cost?

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15 Aug 2021 16:41 #217832 by Clive S

I find this far more elegant. How do I get on the list and how do we reimburse your cost?


+1 Andy as above

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15 Aug 2021 19:42 #217841 by Roiki
FYI you can find similar stuff on eBay by searching "rj45 breakout". 

I've used stuff like  these with great success.

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15 Aug 2021 20:03 #217843 by andypugh

I've used stuff like  these with great success.

Those don't really solve the problem of going from Mesa-card Phoenix connectors to CAT5 cable. 
 

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16 Aug 2021 00:15 #217850 by tommylight
I could use 2 or 3 of them, but it will be to much trouble for you, so i am kicking myself out of the list ! :)

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16 Aug 2021 11:26 - 16 Aug 2021 11:29 #217875 by Roiki

Those don't really solve the problem of going from Mesa-card Phoenix connectors to CAT5 cable.

Solved it for me.
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20 Aug 2021 19:27 #218268 by BigJohnT
I'd be interested in offering them in my Mesa store if you think you can send them as a sample of no value or as a gift. I assume the Cat5 plugs are standard and I can get them over here. I can PayPal you for the boards and postage.

JT

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