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Electronics Physical Remote Front Panel. Cat5?

Discussion in 'Modding' started by unholythree, 6 Oct 2012.

  1. unholythree

    unholythree What's a Dremel?

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    An idea occurs to me:

    Let's say you have a computer under a desk or some place close but inconvenient to access. Could a remote "front panel" of sorts (power/reset switches and HDD activity/power led) set up in a more convenient place?

    My idea:
    front panel headers -> keystone jack -> Cat5 -> keystone jack -> respective switches/leds​

    The switches and leds could be in a little project box or even built into a desk.

    Is there a flaw in this idea?
     
  2. Attila

    Attila still thinking....

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    No. Should work OK.
    Cat 5 has the right number of conductors for power/reset/leds.
    This project has switches for two PC's as well as optical drives. I can't remember how long the cables were, at least 1500mm. All worked well.
     
  3. Vetalar

    Vetalar *learning english*

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    all would be fine. i made such setup for son's PC. 1 cat5 2 meters for buttons and leds and same cat5 for 2 usb 2.0 extenders. but i just solder wires - no rj45 connectors...
    buttons/leds/usb at box from Lego made by son :)
     

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