This breakout board provides RJ-45 jacks for up to 4 stepper motors, designed for use with shielded CAT6 wiring. Each jack provides 4 motor drive signals on specially selected differential pairs within the cable. This allows twice the drive current compared to conventional stepper wiring and cuts power loss by half, while reducing EMI and crosstalk within the cable. The result is a cleaner drive signal that causes less noise and heating in both your motors and your drive controller.
Special selection of pairs within the cable allows the use of standard CAT6 connectors and cable, which is low-cost, flexible, highly reliable, and readily available. It’s the perfect solution for your stepper motor wiring needs!
Fully assembled and ready to use, and can even be panel-mounted if desired, for a truly professional installation!
We offer high-quality shielded CAT6 cable with included ferrite cores as a purchase option. This configuration significantly reduces radiated EMI that can cause malfunctions in sensitive controllers and false triggers in nearby sensor wiring. The wiring option consists of four 7 foot (2.13 meter) shielded CAT6 cables. One end of each cable is terminated with a shielded RJ-45 plug; the other end has four tinned-pair leads ready for connecting to a terminal block or splicing to a stepper motor. A shield drain wire can optionally be connected to your machine frame or motor housing. (If you prefer to use your own wiring, color code and wire pairing information can be found in the datasheet. Be sure to use stranded CAT6 patch cable, as solid cable is not designed for flexibility and will break over time.)
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