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    Hey can someone tell me how do I put a six pin toggle switch in a bread board? Do all the pins have to be separate from one another or can pins be shorted?? Does the switch have to be placed like we place an ic??Thanks in advance


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    6 pins? = douple pole double throw?

    why would you want to short some of the pins?
    disable part of the function of the switch?


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    I don't know anything about switches. The switch I have has three pins on one side and three on the other side. Now I don't know how to use it. I have put it in many different ways but it's not working, may be the switch is faulty
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    get an ohm meter
    test the switch

    and if you don't know what the switch is supposed to do
    FIND OUT!
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    The way you connect the switch will depend on the circuit and what you want the switch to do in the circuit.

    If you don't know how the switch works, you will have to check it with a continuity tester of some kind, such as a multimeter set to the ohms scale. Make a table of which pins have continuity to which other pins for each position of the switch. Then wire it into the circuit to make it do what you need it to do.
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    Toggle switch and an I.C.I really wonder what you are making, over there...
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    Actually the I.C was another project which is complete thanks to the help I got here the toggle switch is for a common door bell circuit with memory
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    about switch A network is a small hardware device that join multiple computers together at a low-level network protocol layer.

    Thanks,

    In advance,

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    FINE:

    From your posting I am going to assume you have very basic, or no electrical knowledge?

    Yes, mount it on your breadboard like an IC - Do not connect any pins to each other.

    Looking at the pins on the back of your switch: they are in two columns of 3 pins each, yes?

    OK. You have two separate switches in one package, both simultaneously operated by the toggle.

    Depending which way the toggle is moved; the middle pin of each switch can be connected to the pin above it or the pin below it.

    This sort of switch is called a DPDT: double pole, double throw. Each 'pole' is one switch; you have two, hence double pole. Each 'throw' is moving the toggle one way or the other. Your switch can be in two positions, hence double throw - it can be in one of two states.

    So if you want a simple on/off switch, wire from a centre pin to the pin above or below it. If you want to switch on say a red light or a green light; wire the +volts to the centre pin and the red light from the pin above and the green light from the pin below and then each light back to the voltage source negative. Now by moving the switch one way you get one light illuminating, move it the other way, that first light goes off and the other comes on.

    Hope this makes sense to you?


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    OB


    HEY, sculptor: Fine is trying to find out, isn't he - by asking the question - so stop trying to be a wise guy. OB
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