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Better late than never...The reason behind this is the RJ11 plug, which is (was) used for ISDN (the old regular telephony). These sockets are smaller and fit into RJ45, but use only the middle wires - 4 and 5. So now if we plug a RJ11 into RJ45 socket we'll use a twisted pair instead of just two wires (3-[4 and 5]-6), and we'll have better signal quality.Also Networking and Sys guys are weird, so what do I know...
I broke the connector today, unintentionally, and I wanted to check how good the seal was. I couldn't even cut it open, it's that strong!The hot glue melts and bonds with the shrink tube completely. It has molten between all the connections and wires, making it completely water proof. You can't re-use the connector later because of this.I highly recommend this a method for creating strong cables that will last!
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I'd recommend using a twisted pair if possible, not longer than 2m. 20AWG is already an overkill, 24AWG will be just fine. There's no product that will draw more than 2A from a USB port, not with the teeny-tiny micro USB connectors on the other end. I'm planning on creating a 5A dual output car charger that can simultaneously deliver 2.5A across two devices, so I did a lot of research on this field.Also, a hint when creating cables, make diagonal cuts on the insulation of the cable if possible, when he hot glue melts it will flow between the cuts and bond better with the cable. Later, even pulling the cable out of the socket will be much safer.
I was right about to write an instructable about this when I came upon yours :DGreat idea! Every cable I repair, like the micro-usb charging cable I have, is done the same way, and they never fail even after years and years of daily use.
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