Hello everybody… I am making this PSA to give you the details on the Pro Cable that are used in a majority of Mad Catz high end controller and joysticks since there is not much info that I can find in the internet about them. The cable is the most vulnerable part in a joystick/controller that may fail from excessive external forces (wire trip, stressful bending, pet chew). And as we know currently, the only way to obtain a spare Pro Cable would be to either buy a joystick/controller that comes with it or find a seller online that sells the cables by itself. Oh, and Mad Catz used to sell spare Pro Cables but now only give out the cables for warranty purposes.
There are a few people in this forum that made an assumption or jumping into conclusion thinking that Mad Catz uses a “proprietary” plug on their Pro Cables for their own benefits. I would like to say that these plugs are not proprietary, nor are they unique… I know this because I was reading the TE2+ Product Guide that had a picture of the Pro Cable connectors and at that moment while servicing my soldering iron, I’ve noticed the connector on my soldering pen look striking similar to the Pro Cable connector.
A familiar connector in the soldering iron.
So after doing a quick search online, I have found out that they were using aviation connector (used in a few obscured electronic devices). The aviation connector do come in different sizes and pin count and the Mad Catz Pro Cable specifically uses a GX12 5-pin aviation connector. So, I went to eBay and bought an aviation connector for around 1 dollar and have to wait almost a month for shipping since the seller is at China.
Same pin count, different size.
Once the connector has arrived, it comes with a male connector and a female connector.
The male connector is mounted to the panel of your box and wires are soldered from the connector itself to the controller pcb, while the female connector clamped and solder to the usb cable end.
A closer look of the aviation connector.
Closer inspection on the connectors show that they are notched for correct connectivity and each individual pins are labeled with numbers.
A macro shot of the numbering on the connector.
I have gotten a hand on the Mad Catz Pro Cable and used a multimeter to do a continuity test on each pins of the connector with the corresponding end of the usb plug. Oh, by the way, the Pro Cable does fit perfectly on the male end of the aviation connector in case you are wondering.
Pro Cable connector on the left and female aviation connector on the right.
Fits like a glove.
So, here are the results of the continuity test:
*Pin 1 - (Green): Data +
Pin 2 - (White): Data -
Pin 3 - (Red): +5V
Pin 4 - (Black): Ground
Pin 5 - (Black): Shield
Overall, the information that I have posted here is to give everyone an option on creating their own custom Pro Cable or maybe even installing the aviation connector in their own box. The benefits of installing the GX12 aviation connector over the Neutrk USB would be the size of the mounting hole (12mm vs 24mm), the cable would be screw lock into place, and the cost… while the only drawback that I see will be the soldering requirement. Now that you all know, knowing is half the battle… thank you for reading and have a nice day.
*Edit: New pic link via Imgur… Photobucket tried to break me. *