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Add information about parts for building cables
Depending on the cable you need to make (microUSB, headphone jack, USB-C or just pins on the board) the process might be different. It's helpful to have a breadboard and some goldpin connector cables to go with it, as it makes putting together and tweaking the cable easier and reduces the amount of soldering that has to be done. You can find the build instructions for your cable on the ''Serial cable designs'' page.
 
===microUSB-based cables===
 
There are several ways to connect wires to a microUSB plug:
 
* solder the wires to a [https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10031 breakout board] (at the time of writing this is only available in backorder, perhaps we should increase the demand somewhat?)
* using a [https://www.adafruit.com/product/3972 USB Micro B Male Plug to 5-pin Terminal Block]
* solder the wires directly to a [https://www.adafruit.com/product/1826 microUSB type B plug] (note: the solder pads are very small, so it can be difficult to get just right. If you plan to use this method, order multiple plugs, in case you need to start over.)
 
=== Soldering a connector on your device ===
This can be a bit involved, but is generally necessary if you want to use it:
* This procedure is ''dangerous'' for your device, even more so if you are not very experienced
** Prefer to ask help in a hackerspace, makerspace, fablab or similar ''you'll practice another day on something easier''
** If you have to solder it yourself, it's probably a good idea to practice on an old motherboard before
* Prefer soldering short cables to the PCB instead of full-length ones
** The smaller (diameter) the cables, the better, generally
** too long or too thick and the pads you have soldered risk being teared apart by the cables
** too small and it will be a hassle to work with
** The best is to have them a couple (4-8) centimeters long, to solder them, solder a connector on the other end, and scotch tape them to the pcb
** Please, don't forget to pick insulated wires
==Plugging the cable in==
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