why haven't ethernet connectors changed?
Howard C. Berkowitz
hcb at netcases.net
Thu Dec 20 18:40:51 UTC 2012
On 12/20/2012 1:20 PM, Michael Thomas wrote:
> I was looking at a Raspberry Pi board and was struck with how large
> the ethernet
> connector is in comparison to the board as a whole. It strikes me:
> connectors haven't changed that I'm aware in pretty much 25 years.
> Every other
> cable has changed several times in that time frame. I imaging that if
> cared, ethernet cables could be many times smaller. Looking at wiring
> etc, it seems like it might be a big win for density too.
> So why, oh why, nanog the omniscient do we still use rj45's?
Seen an AUI or vampire tap recently? Vampires made a certain amount of
sense, but the AUI connector seemed to have little purpose other than
recycling weak metal from Coors beer cans. IIRC, the inventor apologized.
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