RJ-45 Multi Console Cthulhu Arcade Stick Tutorial Ver.2


Since the switchcrafts cannot be found in Europe, to the best of my knowledge, I used my router to fix the Neutrik connector to my wooden box.

The recess has been widened with a 45° router bit to ease access to the unlock button.
I left about 5 mm of oak for the Neutrik to sit

Damn, the connector is not exactly seated parallel to the sides :-/

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Cheers Toodles, I’ll give it a go with another cable.
Does it matter that I have the RJ45 cable hooked up to row 2 on the Cthulu for the Xbox1 cable and the USB output for PS3/PC?


Nope. But it would be best to test out the RJ-45 with a RJ-45 -> USB cable. That a way, if the Rj-45 USB cable worked on a PC/PS3, then you’d know for sure the problem was with the RJ-45 -> Xbox cable. If the USB cable didn’t work, then you’d know the problem was on the INSIDE dealing with the RJ-45 jack and the wiring between the jack and cthulhu.


Yeah, I have the same problem trying to find the Switchcraft’s. You can get the Cat6 feedthrough versions in the UK, which seem a tad cheaper than the Neutrik Cat6 jacks, but that’s as close as I’ve got.

Alternatively, you could try a Switchcraft 15pin D Sub. The advantage to this is that you’d use SVGA plugs instead of RJ-45 plugs, and they offer a broader range of console support than a RJ-45 jack can - such as Neo-Geo.

Nice work on the routing by the way - shame it didn’t go quite to plan, but kudos for the attempt.


I wouldn’t mind a link or two :slight_smile: (I searched farnell’s catalog but didn’t find anything vaguely close to switchcrafts. Oh yeah, there’s Neutrik’s passthru but at 30 EUR a piece, it’s just too much money wasted - damn, their shit is gold-plated or what ?)

I went the neutrik route because there’re designed to be plugged/unplugged often, I don’t think this is the case with SUBDs, where you’re supposed to secure the connectors with screwdrivers…



Or just search for “Neutrik Cat6” on eBay.

AFAIK unplugging a D-Sub multiple times should be as stable as the 8 pin DIN method. I’ve seen a few people here (including Toodles) saying that RJ-45 connections aren’t always 100% solid for them, but not having used any other route yet I can’t personally say so either way.


The UPCB used D-sub 15’s, and never failed on me. I made sure to get d-sub hooks with thumbscrews so I could always screw down the cables without tools and still have a rock solid connection. The downside is that making cables with a d-sub end is much more expensive than crimping an RJ-45 end on.


anyone know someone that will do this mod for me… I’m just horrible with wiring


:woot: YEAH! I was looking for the pinouts and the wirings for the newly added systems (saturn, 3DO, et al)

Thanks Rtdzign! :encore:


The following pictures dont match up

in the first picture, the green and the blue stripped wire are going to the imp, but in the second picture every wire is going to the Cthulhu board. which way is correct??


Both. :slight_smile:
The green and blue stripped wire shown in the second picture goes to the imp. The other six go directly to the RJ-45. The outgoing D+ and D- from the Imp joing with the other six at the rj-45, like in the first diagram.


so would i be safe to assume that the only time you wire all 8 of them to the MC Cthulhu is when you are not using an imp board??


If you want to be able to play xbox360 through the RJ-45 jack, you need an imp connected between the RJ-45 and MC, and six of the RJ-45 wires will be connected directly to the MC, and the other two will go through the imp. If you don’t want to play xbox360 through the RJ-45, then all eight columns get wired directly to the eight pins of the RJ-45.


Go with Picture 1 if you are dual modding with an Xbox 360 board with an imp.

Go with picture 2 if you a using a MC Cthulhu by itself.


Also if you wanted to use a Neutrik ethercon you would have to use a special “push-pull” locking version.
And I’ve not found these for sale online, but then again I didn’t look very hard.

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Ha, yeah, finally got my hands on a multimeter and did some continuity tests and found a slight difference in the cable my initial observations didn’t catch. My NES cable works perfectly now. Now to try for a Saturn one…


I tried to solder the MC Cthulhu to the pins of this Neutrik connector:


Unfortunately, soldering wires to pins which are not tied mecanically to a PCB resulted in lots of shorts. In the course of events, one of the Neutrik pins was also completely FUBAR. Is my Neutrik connector good for the bin or can I buy individual special pins for this connector. Does anyone know ?

I changed this Neutrik to one of those recommanded by rtdezign (the one with terminal strips soldered at the rear - more expensive OK but so much more convenient !). This morning, I had the pleasure to see that neither the MC Cthulhu nor the madcatz PCB that was soldered to it was fried. Losing both PCBs (not even mentioning wiring) got me a little nervous, I must confess :sweat:


Making me want to go to the fleamarket and find a NES :smiley:

Even though I can emulate the games on my PC just fine, something about jiggling NES cartridges, blowing on them and cleaning with rubbing alcohol makes the real thing so much more fun :smiley:

I have a lot of the NES classics on my virtual console on the wii as well.


Dude, thanks for putting all this info in an easy to follow tutorial. Thanks to this thread I did my NES, SNES & Saturn cables without any difficulty! (except I had to sand down some of the insulation on the NES/SNES wires for them to fit into the RJ45 plug)


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I just don’t feel like taking off the female b on a working chtulhu.