why haven't ethernet connectors changed?
akg1330 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 20 19:39:10 UTC 2012
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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.
> 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?
The connector is to ubiquitous to change. Other vendors have addressed
the space issue by not supporting Ethernet, but forcing the use of a USB
dongle (Macbook Air comes to mind).
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