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CPF-IX001 network cable
TheGrayMan
post Jan 17 2012, 13:03
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Another purchase from eBay which I'm already regretting - I have acquired a CPF-IX001 network audio player, which turns out to be missing the network cable. This isn't a standard cable - it has a hideously propriatory connector at the device end, and the unit is unusable (can't be configured) without it.

Sony spare parts would charge an amusing price for this (58, nearly twice what I paid for the unit itself).

Does anyone have one of these units, and if so would they be willing to lend me the network cable from it? Once I have connected it via the LAN once, I can upgrade the firmware and do future configs via the remote control (apparently). Alternatively, does anyone know if this unusual network cable is also used in any other Sony products?

Many thanks,

Ian
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Arnold B. Kruege...
post Jan 17 2012, 15:20
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QUOTE (TheGrayMan @ Jan 17 2012, 07:03) *
Another purchase from eBay which I'm already regretting - I have acquired a CPF-IX001 network audio player, which turns out to be missing the network cable. This isn't a standard cable - it has a hideously propriatory connector at the device end, and the unit is unusable (can't be configured) without it.

Sony spare parts would charge an amusing price for this (58, nearly twice what I paid for the unit itself).

Does anyone have one of these units, and if so would they be willing to lend me the network cable from it? Once I have connected it via the LAN once, I can upgrade the firmware and do future configs via the remote control (apparently). Alternatively, does anyone know if this unusual network cable is also used in any other Sony products?


It might be possible to jury-rig a connector for the proprietary LAN socket on the CPF-IX001. The cable is no doubt entirely passive. By cutting off one end of an ordinary LAN cable and, as guided by online reference information about what the LAN conenctor wires do, you might be able to get a temporary connection. Here's a hint - only 4 of the 8 wires on a LAN cable are necessary. It appears that once you get this thing operating wirelessly, you can get away without the wired connection.
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post Jan 17 2012, 16:11
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The pinouts for the proprietary cable are here. I'd be tempted to open the unit up and solder an RJ45 lead to the PCB.
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