Patent Number: 6,254,411

Title: Configurable electrical shunt for a computer cable

Abstract: An electrical cable includes a connector that contains an electrically conductive shunt. The shunt includes multiple electrically conductive clips that shunt selected wires in the connector together. The chips are removable so that different combinations of wires can be shunted together. The clips each comprise a pair of vertically aligned fingers extending perpendicularly from a top surface of a mounting plate. The fingers on each clip include oppositely aligned tapered top ends forming a wide opening for receiving the cable wire. The clips extend longitudinally along an entire front end and longitudinally along an entire rear end of the mounting plate. The clips on the front end of the shunt are offset from the clips in the rear end so that each clip aligns with only one wire in the connector.

Inventors: Chapman; John T. (Cupertino, CA), Schenk; William H. (Fremont, CA), Loose; Robert A. (Cary, NC)

Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.

International Classification: H01R 29/00 (20060101); H01R 029/00 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018