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why haven't ethernet connectors changed?

Because MA Bell is still alive and well and they still use them.  They
have divine right to provide phone service, didn't you know?

Ralph Brandt

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Thomas [mailto:mike at mtcc.com] 
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2012 1:20 PM
To: NANOG list
Subject: why haven't ethernet connectors changed?

I was looking at a Raspberry Pi board and was struck with how large the
connector is in comparison to the board as a whole. It strikes me:
connectors haven't changed that I'm aware in pretty much 25 years. Every
cable has changed several times in that time frame. I imaging that if
cared, ethernet cables could be many times smaller. Looking at wiring
etc, it seems like it might be a big win for density too.

So why, oh why, nanog the omniscient do we still use rj45's?