Hi there all
I saw a few posts requesting a tutorial on how to install led's showing the network connection status and that the cable is actually connected.
( I posted this already in the hardware section, but I felt that too few would see it so I moved it here....)
Well I dont know if anyone else has found or posted this but here go's anyway.
I was re-casing an xbox when by chance I happened to examine the network post (RJ45 outlet) on the xbox motherboard, I noticed the port has two small LED's and after testing I found they work, one gives you line status and the other gives you transit info.
And to be able to see and use them in an original case you get them for free with very little work and NO soldering.
To make them usable you just need to file away a portion of the hole around the top of the plastic case and your done.
And if you open the NIC's connectors case you can desolder the L.E.D's there and add some extender wires and move the LED's to the front of the case at very little cost.
As an update on this post 18/08/03 I have found that the new xboxes being shipped now have a larger hole around the case at the RJ45 Outlet allowing you to see the network activity L.E.D's.
And the metal sheilding over the RJ45 outlet now encapsulates the outlet less allowing you to see (read that better to get to) the legs of the L.E.D's without removing the casing ,therefore if you wanted to add L.E.D's at the front , it is now even easier.