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For reference: I am incredibly new to electronics.

The attached photo is of a cable that connects two halves of a split keyboard I just bought. My hope was that this cable would have been 4 wires or something which I would have been able to desolder it to extend the cable length. But instead I find this 20 wire cable connecting both halves with the connector on the end.

So now I am thinking maybe this may be a standard type connector and a standard type of cable I may be able to find online instead of having to do a bunch of soldering with very tiny wires. Any thoughts on how to proceed? Maybe where to find that type of connector and a 20 strand cable in the 2 metre range?

Thanks

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Have you tried contacting the keyboard manufacturer? \$\endgroup\$ – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Dec 7 '17 at 19:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ No I'm pretty much hacking their keyboard, not sure if they'd try to be helpful. \$\endgroup\$ – Talesh Dec 7 '17 at 20:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ Its an off the shelf connector but you are unlikely to find a custom cable made with said connector and arbitrary cable size and orientation. It may not be one to one on each side. \$\endgroup\$ – Passerby Dec 7 '17 at 20:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ What is the off the shelf connector called? Can I find a 20 strand cable and a way to affix the cable strands to the connector? \$\endgroup\$ – Talesh Dec 7 '17 at 20:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ Probably made by JST or a copy. Look at their online catalogs. You can get 20 strand cable, then you have to get a crimper and crimps for the JST connector. \$\endgroup\$ – Passerby Dec 7 '17 at 20:22
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Time to take out the soldering iron and get some soldering practice. Cut each conductor a bit staggered from the next and splice in an extension. If you are new to electronics you will soon find that you need to lean how to solder anyway.

Good luck

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As Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams pointed out, the manufacturer had a replacement cable so I'm safe. Thanks everyone for the help.

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