##How do I wire up the control system? FIRST provided a great picture in one of their blogs, showing a typical wire diagram for the new 2015 control system, reposted below:
The one thing that is missing is the D-link, which would plug into the VRM for power, and connect to the roboRIO via Ethernet cable.
This diagram still shows the early thought of using a USB Bridge directly plugged into the roboRIO (which was scraped after alpha testing and replaced by using the trusted D-link)
##What wire should I use for the new weidmuller connectors? Refer to the official FRC rules for specific wiring requirements, however with that said,
We have had a lot of success using 18 awg “outdoor security wire”. These typically come with thin walled jackets and you can find them in shielded or non-shielded varients. The wire we used during beta testing we bought at home depot 18 awg security wire.
- We use 18-2 wire for all control system interconnects (power and CAN)
- We use 6 awg battery cables
- We use 22-2 cable for PWM cables (no center wire needed), solenoid wires, and 5 V sensors
We buy our wires in singles and spin our own lengths from this site: http://www.mcmelectronics.com/content/en-us/landing_pages/hook-up-wire