Pmod RJ45 Reference Manual

The Pmod RJ45 is no longer in production. Once the current stock is depleted, it will be retired.

The Digilent Pmod RJ45 (Revision A) enables long distance connectivity between devices by providing users with a standard RJ45 (8P8C) port.

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  • Standard RJ45 (8P8C) port
  • Male and female connectors for host and peripheral connectivity
  • 6-pin Pmod connector with GPIO interface

Functional Description

The Pmod RJ45 utilizes the traces on RJ45 cables (Ethernet cables) to transmit signals through the cable to the other side. Although the cables are typically used for Ethernet, the data lines can also be used as general purpose inputs and/or outputs as they are essentially just wires. The benefit is to be able to use a widely used shielded cable that nicely contains and conceals all of the data and power wires.

Interfacing with the Pmod

The Pmod RJ45 communicates with the host board via the GPIO protocol. Since there are four data wires available, other communication protocols such as UART, SPI, or I²C could also be sent through these wires as long as the RJ45 cable is not prohibitively long for the the specific protocol to work correctly.

Pinout Description Table

Pin Signal Description
1 7 Signal 7 of the RJ45 port
2 5 Signal 5 of the RJ45 port
3 3 Signal 3 of the RJ45 port
4 1 Signal 1 of the RJ45 port
5 GND Power Supply Ground
6 VCC Power Supply (3.3V/5V)

Any external power applied to the Pmod RJ45 must be within the limitations of the device receiving power on the other end of the Ethernet cable.

Physical Dimensions

The pins on the pin header are spaced 100 mil apart. The PCB is 1.375 inches long on the sides parallel to the pins on the pin header and 0.8 inches long on the sides perpendicular to the pin header.

Additional Information

The schematics of the male Pmod RJ45 are available here; the female schematics are available here.

Example code demonstrating how to get information from the Pmod RJ45 can be found here.

If you have any questions or comments about the Pmod RJ45, feel free to post them under the appropriate section (“Add-on Boards”) of the Digilent Forum.