[NTLK] Serial connector parts for 2100?

Jake Bordens jake at allaboutjake.com
Tue Oct 30 06:54:15 EDT 2018

You can find the interconnect specs here:


The connector just isn't available anymore.  There are rumors that some distributors that buy up old parts might still have spools but are asking ridiculous fees and minimum quantities.

I have wondered if a 3D printed housing could be made that accepted the pins from some other similar connector.  With high resolution 3D printing it should be easy to make the non-conductive part of the connector.  It's just figuring out a reliable way of doing the metal contacts.

PS. Thanks to Steven for the mirror.

On 10/30/18, 2:49 AM, "newtontalk-bounces at newtontalk.net on behalf of Dan" <newtontalk-bounces at newtontalk.net on behalf of dan at dbdigitalweb.com> wrote:

    This has been approached before several times.  But every time the connector was close, but not close enough to actually make a dongle.  Or at least if you made one, it would put too much strain on a already bad design and cause the port itself to fail very quickly.  With heavy modification you might, but in the end it would cost to the point that $100 for an original dongle seems like a bargain.
    And this is also why internal boards with alternate connections have been popular, to avoid the flimsy NIC port altogether.
    On 10/29/2018 11:35 PM, Andrew Hunt wrote:
    > Has anyone ever made their own serial dongle for the Newton 2x00 interconnect port?
    > One side of the connector is a Din 8 which is fairly common, but the other is a 26 pin dual sided flat connector. Is the flat connector generic enough these days to be available from an electronics part store?
    > It’s a shame that the dongles are seemingly rare enough to sell for $100US. 
    > Thanks!
    > Andy

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