Picture of Controller-Embedded Remote Lag Switch
In this Instructable I'll show you how to make a remote lag switch that's embedded in your controller, allowing you to trigger it without lifting a finger.
The "remote" part of this Instructable stems from the fact that the trigger is away from the actual switch, so that you needn't sit within reach of the ethernet cable it controls.
The "controller-embedded" part uses the battery shell from a wireless Xbox 360 controller, so take note that you'll want to have a Play & Charge kit to use the controller. The rechargable battery in the kit replaces the battery shell that comes with the controllers, so most will have no use for it, and the cable will supply power to the controller whilst using the lag switch.

You can also adapt this Instructable for use without a controller, simply by placing the trigger in another enclosure of some kind. I've thought of placing it in a box by my foot, so I can just "stomp" on it when I want some lag.
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Step 1: Parts and Tools

Picture of Parts and Tools
This Instructable is a fairly easy one, requiring only a few common tools and some cheap parts from your local Radio Shack or equivalent.

Wire cutters & strippers
Soldering iron
X-acto knife/Stanley knife
Hot-glue gun
Hot Glue

Ethernet cable (the length is up to you, I used a short one as the distance between my router and Xbox is tiny.)
Enclosure/project box (again, size is up to you, but smaller is better in this case.)
Heatshrink tubing
Spare Xbox 360 controller battery shell (it won't ever hold batteries again, make sure you aren't using it.)
Generic hook-up wire
Shielded wire (we'll be using the shield as another wire, feel free to substitute a different type of wire.)
Two watch-battery holders (CR-2032, CR-2025 or CR-2016 recommended.)
Two watch-batteries to suit the holders
A normally-open push button (I used a button that had both N.O. and N.C. but it's not necessary.)
A SPDT (single-pole, double-throw) 6 volt relay

All up, this should cost you under $15.
cpaden72 years ago
does it have to be a 6V relay? could i use a 7-9V relay and a 9V battery??
magno_232 years ago
why didn't you use a normally closed switch connected directly to the ethernet cable? i think it would be more easy to do instead of using a relay
AJMansfield2 years ago
What would be better than cutting off the plug would be to actually get some Ethernet jacks. That way you can unplug the cable from the battery pack and lag box when you want to store it.
PeoplesCar2 years ago
Great instructable, easy to follow. To those who are complaining that this is cheating ... relax - he's not stealing old ladies' pension checks or hurting baby kittens, he's just playing a video game (and exploiting a flaw in the system that the manufacturer should have buttoned up as soon as it was discovered). This is no different from the Game Genies we all plugged in to our NES consoles in the 80s.
casscass2 years ago
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Maybe next time you should post the real disclaimer on your nicely done instructable. And your right it is nicely done. A monkey could do this now. But just know that now hundreds of kids are doing this now and they are using it in an on line game and they are destroying on line gaming now. Thank you for that and good job.
Why did you remove the link to Microsoft's disclaimer on moding xbox 360 controllers and what they do about it? At least let people know what can happen if they do this.
Lag switches have been around since the mid 90's. Why are people making such a big deal out of this now? Good job on the instructable itself. I am not one to pass judgement for it's content.
cornoncob563 years ago
Will someone please tell me what the batteries and the circuit board are for? and is there a way around the circuit board?
nathangill4 years ago
Good job on the instructable - very informative.
But I sincerely hope that if you use this on Xbox live, they ban you for tampering.

Can you explain why you'd want to use one of these, besides not being able to play and win a good, clean game?

It's worth noting that this kind of cheating device can be spotted quite easily by players that know what to look for, and after a few reports you can be banned from Xbox live for using one.
And I swear that I'll report anyone I spot using one. If I'm playing in a party, I have my team mates report them, too.

Archive555 (author)  nathangill4 years ago
Firstly, thanks.
And yes, that's why I stated that you shouldn't use it online.
I have never, and would never use it in a competitive online environment.
Against friends who know you're using it, however, it's great fun. If they use one too, the game becomes one of out-lagging each other.

I've played against people who've used them online, too, and I completely understand your anger toward those that use them, I feel the same contempt.
It's terribly frustrating and a real indicator of a lack of actual skill.

But again, as I said, this isn't meant to be used online. I certainly wouldn't.
I appreciate that you wouldn't use it online, but for me the problem is that most of the people that make it will. Its like posting an instructable on email hacking but then telling people to only use it on consenting friends. Its probably not going to happen. Ive run into plenty of lobbies where this kind of thing is being used.
How would you use it off-line?
lan party, at least i assume that's what he means by offline
pootie223 years ago
I don't see why people are making such a big deal about this.
Search keyword "cheat" on instructables and you'll find
Cheat on any Wii
How to cheat on chess
How to cheat on a test with a T shirt (yay cheat ur way to a degree!)
How to cheat a polygraph test (god forbid our national security is in jeopardy)
How to cheat at poker (i'm sure more people play this for money than COD)

greightbit3 years ago
I think that even if your intentions are good, this mod will allow people to cheat... easily. I agree that it should be taken down.
Archive555 (author)  greightbit3 years ago
You'll notice there are many other instructables featuring devices that allow you to cheat in one way or another. It's up to those who have them to decide whether or not they'll use them for cheating.
Granted, simple devices such as this don't leave much room for doing anything other than cheating, but used at a LAN party with friends it can be a lot of fun.
Nick.D3 years ago
So what exactly does this do? Just make you lag out and skip around the map?
Archive555 (author)  Nick.D3 years ago
That's pretty much it.
You can only 'pulse' it on and off, for a few seconds at a time, otherwise you'll completely lag out.