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Floor board connection alternatives?
by drraven on 2012-12-03 08:18:20

Has anyone successfully modified their Line 6 floorboard to use a different connection type than RJ45 ethernet? Most RJ45 ethernet cables don't lay flat very well like a guitar cable does, and I need a 25' run back to my amp, so I'm thinking of installing an 8 pin DIN connector at each end instead. Has anyone done this, and if not, does anyone know of a pin-out diagram for the Floor board RJ45 connections? I'm sure I could just wire up the 8pin DIN cable the same at each end and it would work, but I'm wondering if all 8 wires are used? If for example, only 5 wires are being used then I could possibly use a 5-pin MIDI jack instead. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Andy



Re: Floor board connection alternatives?
by TheRealZap on 2012-12-03 08:21:47

be far easier just to get a flat ethernet cable:

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Re: Floor board connection alternatives?
by drraven on 2012-12-03 08:54:21

Hey TZR, thanks for the suggestion. That would certainly improve things, but I've read a few posts on the web that ethernet cables generally don't hold up over time in a live environment with the retaining clips breaking. I've just been researching DB-9 connectors and cables and they have the advantage of screwing together so the cable can't get yanked out accidentally. It would require some cutting of the floorboard's case and the amp's back panel, as well as soldering the wires from the RJ45 jacks to the DB-9 but I can do that no problem. Just wondering about the pin-out wiring and whether the twisted pair wires inside the ethernet cable were actually necessary to cut interference, or was the choice of RJ45 made because ethernet cables are fairly cheap and available at big box electronic stores?

Andy




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