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06 Feb 2017

Have you ever wired a cable directly into a piece of hardware? Some equipment in the past years provided terminals or termination blocks so that cable could be wired directly into a direct component. At the ends of the cables you install, something must provide access and transition for attachment to system electronics. Thus, you need connectors.

Connectors usually have a male component and a female one, except in the case of hermaphroditic connectors such as the IBM data connector. Jacks and plug are usually systematically shaped, but sometimes they are keyed, which means that they have a unique, asymmetric shape or some system of pins, tabs and slots that ensure that the plug can be inserted only one way in the jack. This article...