Step 5: Wiring the Cable

Cut a length of Cat5 cable (I used 2 feet), and cut away an inch of the insulation on each end. Cut off all but three wires from the exposed areas.
The 3 wires in the cable each will connect to a pin on the remote plug.
Attaching the connector varies depending on what kind of connector, so I will refer to each wire as its pin on the connector.

Connector pin 1(Receive) --- NES pin 3 (this is connected to the PIC's transmit)
Connector pin 3(Ground) --- brown
Connector pin 4(3.3V) --- V+

Once these three wires have been connected, simply push the cable into the stress relief posts that the old cable went through in the controller case.

There is a severe lack of places to tie into the V+ line. All pins that need to have V+ can be connected directly to each other, but NES pin 16 must be at 3.3V. I used a knife to scrape some of the soldermask off of the trace to create my own pads.
This is a very cool project. I am trying to build this on my own. I hope to use the ridax dock connector instead.
I wondered how you went with this given my recent comment. I'm planning to have a go with a breakout board and a reduced number of buttons :-)
Thank you very much for the detail you've put into this. <br> <br>I bought a Burton Snowboard jacket which comes with a SoftSwitch interface, basically buttons on the sleeve, leading to a control unit which is obsolete for todays hardware. 5 buttons are in the sleeve with a 6 wire ribbon cables coming to the pocket. I've identified the wires, 1 to 6. the old control unit is pretty much serviceable now, and was designed to work with the control interface you've used on your project. <br> <br>I was planning on getting an Ipod breakout board and attempting to apply your project to that, while using the buttons from my jacket. <br> <br>I'd be grateful of some support or any updates on subsiquent projects you might have undertaken with a breakout and other buttons? <br> <br>Regardless, great work! james
where does everybody get thoes little game pads i c them everyehere iinstructabless where can i get oone
can i use it for my itouch(2nd gen)?Can i use my ps1 controller instead of the nes?please give me details.
No, you can't do this with your Ipod Touch. The author says that only the 3rd and 4th generation ipods have the oval port next to the headphone jack. I'm pretty sure this mod can be done with a PS1 controller instead of an NES controller however
Could anyone convert the C code to a PIC16F628? I guess its UART can also be used to conform to the specs of the Apple Acessory Protocol. Running it on 5v would probably need a resistor network on iPod's RX pin. Thanks in advance. Greetings from Brazil.
&nbsp;&nbsp;will this hack work for the ipod nano 3G?
I have a newer iPod Nano 4g and it doesent have that connector on the top. But I have an iPod radio remote instead. If I put the chip inside that, will it work?
i think you could do that if you ripped apart the radio remote, and basically reran the wiring from those buttons to the buttons of the NES controller... it wouldn't involve any programming of ic's or anything like that... it'd actually be a pretty cool project...
&nbsp;Ok. Thanks!
my theory is that (don't quote me on this) the psp remote has one pin with current going out, and five waiting for current (there are only five buttons on the remote). when one gets current, it tells the psp what to do. so in other words, just wire power into the controller and make the different buttons do different things. I just thought of something! what if you had two psps, one with pikey installed, and one with irshell, you would be able to control one with the other (just use the keyboard to be used with pikey and teach irshell the keystrokes used for the different buttons, then use that one the other psp).
mman is right, other that that, its the same
just open the controller and wire the buttons to the nes controller and STOP THE CAPS!
i dident have a sodering gun so i used a lighter. big no no :[
I hope you used the stranded core cat5 cable. It would be hard to use the remote with a stiff cable. Good Instructable
I am doing a similar mod with the ipod nano (1st gen) and I was wondering if It uses the same protocol (only through the dock connector). Any help is well appreciated!
It does use the same protocol, a long as you connect to the right pins. If you can solder to the tiny pins in the dock connector (they sell some over at <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/categories.php?cPath=2_101">SparkFun</a>) it's definitely possible. It would certainly be a better connection than my kludged together RAM-chunk connector.<br/>
old school meets new school. love it
what microcontroller? there are four different ones with 18 leads
I used the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.microchip.com/stellent/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&nodeId=1335&dDocName=en010340">dsPIC30F2011</a>, but with minor changes to the code (pin numbers and speed of the chips are the only relevant differences that come to mind), almost any other dsPIC30 microcontrollers could be substituted. If you are more comfortable with other platforms, the hardest part of the process is understanding the Apple Accessory Protocol, the rest is pretty straightforward.<br/>
dude thats nice I really dig in i made it wireless by using imuffs i just broke open receiver and soldered maybe ill post it
post it! I would make it for sure!!!!
Hella NICE!!! I love the fact that you used an NES remote. LOL Nice job!!!
Maybe we should work together and convert an NES into an ultimate iPod dock; just push the iPod into the cartridge slot, controllers act as remotes, and the NES has a complete integrated amp. Between the two of there are probably enough mangled Nintendo parts to make something spectacular.
that would be sick to see. tell me how it goes. I might try it.
I have seen a video of a ipod dock in a NESC and that was used as a game controller for doom II with iPodLinux
That was the inspiration for this mod, but I tried to do it without cutting a hole in my iPod and soldering the NES buttons directly to the iPod buttons.
Hi there Senator Penquin,<br/>I like the way you used the original board. I want to build an mp3 player in a NESC. Do you think there is extra space for a mp3 player board inside the NESC? <a rel="nofollow" href="http://cgi.ebay.nl/Super-Design-MP3-Player-Shuffle-2-look-1GB_W0QQitemZ280153996216QQihZ018QQcategoryZ8267QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD2VQQcmdZViewItem">this one</a> It's a real small one.<br/><br/>thx<br/>
Absolutely. Ignoring the fact that I'm unsure if that counterfeit iPod even works, it is very possible. I suggest you use some of the techniques from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instructables.com/id/ED40P82F4GVCSNI/?ALLSTEPS">this instructable</a>, but replacing the buttons entirely with the buttons of the NES board. Much more would have to be cut away, but you likely wouldn't need the printed resistors on the NES board. Play around with a voltmeter and some test leads to see what you would have to do electronically. It is definitely possible.<br/>
I like how you used the controller's original board. That was nice.
you know after being on this site for a month i can't help but think Nintendo could make a mint selling NES controllers again (or at least the shells)
awesome instructable. the only downside is that the nes controller is about as big as the ipod.
Very nice. I like the fact that you programmed your own uC instead of reusing an old apple remote. However, maybe you could add a proper schematic? A+ :)
Got it, added a new schematic step. I was unsure if it would be beneficial, considering a good deal of the wiring is pre-printed and only one component needed to added, but as I drew it up, it definitely looked clearer.
I'd say it helps getting the big bigger. It's much easier to read a (nice :) Eagle schematic than it is to read a proto with traces and wires going everywhere. On another note, I might try something similar. I may go the lazy way as I already have a remote with a dead plug. But really, I'd rather have a good plug with a dead remote, much more fun and nicer finished product. Now that I think of it, it's nothing a piece of old pcb, the proper 3 prongs (+neg) jack and a lot of hot glue can't deal with!

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