why haven't ethernet connectors changed?

Andrew Gallo 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:
ethernet
> 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
anybody
> cared, ethernet cables could be many times smaller. Looking at wiring
closets,
> 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?
>
> Mike
>
>
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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