Throwing Star LAN Tap - Kit (Assembly Required)


The Throwing Star LAN Tap is a small, simple device for monitoring Ethernet communications.

Read about the history of the Throwing Star LAN Tap.


The following instructions will help you assemble and use your Throwing Star LAN Tap. (Download these instructions for printing.)

  1. Gather the components. You should have one Throwing Star LAN Tap printed circuit board, four Amphenol RJHSE5080 modular connectors, and two 220 pF capacitors with 0.1 inch lead spacing such as the Xicon 14050P2221KRC. You will also need a soldering iron, some electrical solder, and a pair of wire cutters.
  2. Insert the four modular connectors (J1, J2, J3, and J4) into the printed circuit board. Be careful that each of the leads extends through the circuit board before snapping the connector fully into place.
  3. Solder the eight leads of each connector.
  4. Insert the two capacitors (C1 and C2) through the circuit board. It is helpful to slightly bend the leads on the underside of the board so that the capacitors stay in place when the board is turned over.
  5. Solder both leads of each capacitor and clip off the excess with wire cutters.
  6. Clean the flux from the board. Depending on the type of solder used, you might need water, alcohol, or other solvents. A toothbrush can make this job easier. Allow the board to dry before use.

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