What kind of connector is in the images?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ @ToddMinehardt didn't molex have 4 pins? \$\endgroup\$ Jan 26 at 20:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ I stand corrected! \$\endgroup\$ Jan 26 at 20:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ToddMinehardt Molex connectors come in many different varieties; the vast majority have pin counts other than 4. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 26 at 22:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ @toddminehardt I think you stand connected :) \$\endgroup\$
    – Mr47
    Jan 26 at 23:04

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It's a MATE-N-LOK connector

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    \$\begingroup\$ Commonly these are known (slightly inaccurately) as Molex connectors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molex_connector explains why. But MATE-N-LOK is technically the correct term. \$\endgroup\$
    – abligh
    Jan 27 at 7:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ @abligh How do you distinguish them? Are the original Molex connectors no longer in use? Wikipedia only writes "The [Mate-n-Lok] connector was similar to the patented Molex connectors but not interchangeable. Both were widely used in the computer industry and the term "Molex connector" is often inaccurately used to refer to all nylon plugs and receptacles." \$\endgroup\$
    – Bergi
    Jan 27 at 17:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Bergi I believe the original 1960s Molex connectors which predated and are not compatible with MATE-N-LOK are no longer used. I understand Molex's range now includes a range of connectors which are compatible with a subset of MATE-N-LOK (e.g. the 4x1 connector for 5.25" drives) - but there are plenty of MATE-N-LOK connector types Molex does not make. So calling them Molex is still (technically) wrong. \$\endgroup\$
    – abligh
    Jan 28 at 5:58

I think it's the TE MATE-N-LOK series. Here's an example socket and plug, though there's too many varieties to sort through to say if that's the exact one.


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