5-Pin DMX Cable Wiring Instructions

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5-Pin DMX Cable Wiring Instructions
Repair a broken DMX audio cable. (audio cables image by NiDerLander from Fotolia.com)

Five-pin DIN connectors are commonly used for DMX audio cables even though only three out of the five pins are actually used for transporting the signal. If the cabled is plugged and unplugged frequently and the five-pin DIN connector does not include a strain relief, the cable can wear and break near the connector. Wire a new five-pin DIN connector on a DMX cable when the cable becomes worn and the connector falls off.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Wire cutter
  • Wire stripper
  • Soldering iron and solder
  • Replacement five-pin DIN male connector (if replacing a male connector) or female connector (if replacing a female connector)
  • Electrical tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use a wire-stripping tool to remove the plastic covering from the cable protruding from the end of the connector that has disconnected from the cable. Note the wire colours that connect to each pin hole on the back of the connector. The pin hole numbers are imprinted in small writing on the back of the connector near each pin hole.

  2. 2

    Clip to remove the damaged end of the cable using a wire cutter. Use the wire stripper to remove 2 inches of the plastic protective covering from the outside end of the cable. Remove 1 inch of the plastic jacket from the ends of the wires protruding from the end of the cable.

  3. 3

    Place the wire or shield connection that was connected to pin 1 on the old connector into the pin 1 hole on the back of the replacement five-pin DIN connector. Place the wire that was connected to pin 2 on the old connector into the pin 2 hole on the back of the replacement five-pin DIN connector. Place the wire that was connected to pin 3 on the old connector into the pin 3 hole on the back of the replacement five-pin DIN connector.

  4. 4

    Power up your soldering iron. Solder each wire to the pin on which it was placed to secure the wire to the pin. Wrap the area where the wires are soldered to the replacement connector with electrical tape to protect the connection.

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