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  1. Hi folks:

    Is it possible to solder 15-pin D-Suub connector onto a cable?

    I have to pass a VGA display cable through a wall. To get the
    connector through I'd have to drill a hole 1inch in diameter.

    Instead what I'd like to do is pass a narrow cable through, then
    solder the connector on once it reaches the other side.

    Is this advisable/possible?

    I thinbk I've found the cable and connector I need to use here:-

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx...3&T=15 D Sub&gclid=CI_ExM2_4pICFQSU1Aodm1xb-Q

    and here:-
    http://www.maplin.co.uk/module.aspx?ModuleNo=230&doy=17m4


    Am I able to do this?

    thanks for any and all suggestions!

    Tony
     
  2. Ecnerwal

    Ecnerwal Guest

    Big whoop - get a hole saw/core drill and have at it. Better yet, drill
    2 inches and cover the next set of connections you'll think of later all
    in one hole.
    Well, that depends a lot upon you. If you feel the need to ask a
    newsgroup about it, I'd guess probably not. A degree of competence at
    soldering is required, and if you already possessed it, I doubt you'd be
    asking...
     
  3. Lord Garth

    Lord Garth Guest

    You can but it is a pain. The RGB signal lines within the plug are coaxial
    cables.
    Soldering can be done but it will require patience. You might opt for a 15
    pin
    D sub that accepts crimp connectors.

    There are devices available that can send the VGA as well as mouse, keyboard
    and
    audio over one or more CAT5 cables. Sometimes these devices use their own
    specialty cable to interconnect the equipment.
    http://www.svideo.com/vgacat5.html one such item.
     
  4. pipedown

    pipedown Guest

    So you think buying a connector and soldering all those pins is easier and
    cheaper than backfilling the oversized hole with drywall mud, sanding and
    painting. I don't and I have no trouble soldering.

    Following the hole saw idea, save the plug of wall you drill out, carve a
    notch to fit the cable then fit the plug back into the hole with a little
    glue or drywall mud to smooth out the edge. A little paint and you are
    done.

    Another solution is to do it all behind the base molding. No paint, a quart
    should cost only a bit more than a proper connector with a shroud and can be
    used other places.
     
  5. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Yes. (I've done it. :) )
    It'd be more of a PITA than to make a hole big enough to pass the
    connector and spackle around it.
    One major caveat - I wouldn't recommend that wire. Every VGA cable I've
    seen has red, blue, and green coax cables for the video. I have no idea
    where you'd buy that in bulk, maybe Belden or Alpha or so.

    And be careful of length - the VGA spec might call out a maximum length
    becase of the frequencies involved.

    Good Luck!
    Rich
     
  6. Ross Herbert

    Ross Herbert Guest

    On Thu, 17 Apr 2008 09:23:44 -0700 (PDT), Brotherwarren

    :Hi folks:
    :
    :Is it possible to solder 15-pin D-Suub connector onto a cable?
    :
    :I have to pass a VGA display cable through a wall. To get the
    :connector through I'd have to drill a hole 1inch in diameter.
    :
    :Instead what I'd like to do is pass a narrow cable through, then
    :solder the connector on once it reaches the other side.
    :
    :Is this advisable/possible?
    :
    :I thinbk I've found the cable and connector I need to use here:-
    :
    :http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx...3&T=15 D Sub&gclid=CI_ExM2_4pICFQSU1Aodm1xb-Q
    :
    :and here:-
    :http://www.maplin.co.uk/module.aspx?ModuleNo=230&doy=17m4
    :
    :
    :Am I able to do this?
    :
    :thanks for any and all suggestions!
    :
    :Tony


    What usually happens after carrying out such a project is that it looks less
    than acceptable, ie. ugly! When you see a thick VGA cable disappearing into a
    wall at right angles you can't fail to think otherwise and you wish you had
    thought of another way. And when you do find this method you have to fix that
    wall, and even then it could still look ugly....

    To avoid drilling any holes you could resort to a wireless VGA extender but my
    thoughts are that the potential for interference from other electrical
    appliances or apparatus is likely and the video quality may not be acceptable.
    depending on your requirements.
    http://www.engadget.com/2006/01/19/the-wireless-vga-extender-eliminates-some-other-wires-too/

    My preference, but still using cable as the transmission media, is a VGA - Cat5
    sender/receiver setup made by Gefen
    http://www.gefen.com/kvm/product.jsp?prod_id=4448

    Because the unit is capable of extending up to 150ft you could route the cable
    via another route such as the ceiling space and/or external cavity brick walls
    with good looking Cat5 wall plates at either end of the transmission cable. That
    way you could put the distant VGA monitor in the most suitable location in the
    room without having to worry about cable length and signal quality. It may not
    be the cheapest method but it is probably the best and neatest in my opinion.
     
  7. Mr. C

    Mr. C Guest

    Is it possible to solder 15-pin D-Suub connector onto a cable?
    Tony,

    I agree with a couple of the others: learn some simple drywall repair
    techniques. Cut as big a hole as you need, saving the piece you cut
    out. When the wire is through, glue the cut-out piece back in,
    slightly below the surface of the wall. Then, just fill in with
    drywall mud, sanding and filling until it looks good. I say this with
    40 years experience as a good solderer and a few weeks experience with
    drywall repair.
     
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