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I am having trouble reading the schematic for the C&K L204011MS02Q DP4T slide switch (datasheet here). In particular, I am trying to identify the "common" pins so that I can wire this switch up correctly on my PCB.

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Looking at the schematic for the L202 DPDT switch in the same datasheet, I can see that pins 2 and 5 are the "common" pins - in each of the two available slide switch positions, the switch is connecting pins 2 and 5 to other pins (pins 1 and 4 or pins 3 and 6, respectively).

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In the schematic shown in this datasheet for another DP4T switch, the C&K SS-24E06-TG 5 (P), I can see that the center pins of each row are the "common" pins - in each of the four available slide switch positions, these center pins are connected to other pins.

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Returning to the L204 DP4T switch, which pins would be the "common" pins? Many thanks for any help - I have searched far and wide on the internet and consulted with two coworkers and still can't seem to figure this schematic out. Also, I don't currently have access to the switch to buzz the pinout manually.

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The black part slides in to any of 4 different positions, making connections as follows.

Pos A: 1 to 2 and 6 to 7

Pos B: 2 to 3 and 7 to 8

Pos C: 3 to 4 and 8 to 9

Pos D: 4 to 5 and 9 to 10

So, it looks like some Boolean algebra needs to be worked out to achieve at best a single pole 4 throw switch.

Is enough for your purposes? You might want to go to a different type of switch. From what I see, the manufacture called it a DP4T switch, but it's really a 4 position slide switch with sequential contacts.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I suspect you may be right. The manufacturer's naming is unfortunate because people looking for a DP4T switch find this one and people looking for a 4 position slide switch with sequential contacts might not find it. I am in contact with the tech team at Digikey and will provide an update/confirm the answer once they get back to me. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 4, 2019 at 12:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ So I ended up ordering one of these switches and buzzing the pinout manually with a multimeter. The pinout was exactly as you described, i.e., a four position switch with sequential contacts. I ended up selecting another DP4T switch that offered dedicated common pins. Thanks for your help! \$\endgroup\$ Oct 17, 2019 at 2:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks man. Keep on keeping on! \$\endgroup\$
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    Oct 20, 2019 at 14:50
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I was looking at the same switch for the same purpose. Finally I figured it out after a couple of hours trying!!!

  • A to pins 2 and 9.
  • B:
    • B1 to pin 1,
    • B2 to pin 3,
    • B3 to pin 8,
    • B4 to pin 10!

One source, 4 destinations!

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I read this as:
Contacts for pins 3 and 8 are wider than the others.

So when the switch is all the way to the right, Position 1, Pole A pin 1 goes to pin 3 and Pole B pin 6 goes to pin 8.

Sliding one to the left, Position 2, then Pole A pin 2 goes to pin 3 and on Pole B pin 7 goes to pin 8.

Sliding again to the left, Position 3, then Pole A pin 3 goes to pin 4 and for Pole B pin 8 goes to pin 9.

Sliding all the way to the left, Position 4, then Pole A pin 3 connects to pin 5 and Pole B pin 8 goes to pin 10.

Pin 3 is the common pin for Pole A, and pin 8 is the common pin for Pole B.

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