Using this guide RJ-45 MULTI CONSOLE CTHULHU ARCADE STICK TUTORIAL VER.2 I was able to create an RJ45 to USB male cable to connect my new custom arcade stick. It uses the neutrik rj45 passthrough. I thought to myself “This is great, but how can I make it safe?”
Introducing the DIY trip cord\extension!!!. Using the same technology, you can make a USB to RJ45 FEMALE cable to which you can connect a standard RJ45 cable of any length you chose. Great right!? I know, hold you applause.
Following the pinout from the above thread, I punched down the 4 wires from a spare USB cable to their respective slots. You can use this picture as a guide.
From there you take any RJ45 cable and break off the clip tab on the end you want to be the ‘trip’ side. This keeps it from locking in the female end. This isn’t as strong of a connection as the XBOX 360’s trip cords, so to add more tension you can put a few small pieces of scotch tape on. I used 3, testing after each strip I applied for the desired amount of tension. The end stays in firmly but also rips out freely under enough force. Apply them to the 3 flat sides [2 short sides and side the lock tab was removed from]. The side with the gold contacts should be tape free.
Now trim the excess tape.
This can also come in pretty handy if have the parts and ethernet cable laying around like I do and don’t want to spring for a super long usb cable.