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Method for RJ45 and RJ11 connectors for tower chassis

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020187D
Publication Date: 2003-Oct-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 88K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for RJ45 and RJ11 connectors for tower chassis. Benefits include improved functionality and an improved user experience.

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Method for RJ45 and RJ11 connectors for tower chassis

Disclosed is a method for RJ45 and RJ11 connectors for tower chassis. Benefits include improved functionality and an improved user experience.

Background

         An RJ45 connector is a standard local area network (LAN) connector. An RJ11 connector is a standard modem connector.

         When a motherboard with a LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) or Modem-on-Motherboard (MOM) is installed into an ATX tower chassis, the entire motherboard is perpendicular to the work surface when the system is in place. An integrated RJ45 or RJ11 connector is parallel to the motherboard. As a result, the connector is perpendicular to the work surface, causing the end user to insert the LAN or phone cable side ways. Adapter cards do not have this issue because they are installed perpendicular to the motherboard. When the system is in place, the RJ45 connector on an add-in card has the correct orientation, but the RJ45 or RJ11 connector on integrated motherboards does not (see Figure 1).

         Conventionally, the problem is accepted, and the end user must insert the plug sideways.

Description

         The disclosed method rotates an RJ45 or RJ11 connector 90° or 270° for alignment with the tower chassis. The connector is rotated within its existing housing. The PCB footprint and relationship to the motherboard are maintained. The rotation provides the connector orientation that the end user expects, providing an improved user experience.

         The disclosed method applies to any RJ45 or...