Alto II keyset connector plug identification

steven at steven at
Tue Aug 18 22:15:06 CDT 2020

Would anyone be able to identify the 19 pin connector used on the Alto II keyset?
Shown in the second photo on

The Xerox engineering doc (209962B_Alto_II_Assembly_Keyset.pdf) has it as P/N DE51218-1 if I interpret it correctly.

I've looked for a while and the closest I can find appears to be Mouser p/n 2DEF19P
The cost of 136 USD (each!) is more than I (and perhaps everyone else) would really like to pay, and that's only for
the male end.

Ideally I would like a datasheet on this original connector if possible, to know the pin-pin spacing and the pressed metal
surround dimensions.

I've just ordered small trial quantities of screws, microswitches, e-clips, nutserts, rods and so on for my keyset
lookalikes/workalikes. Also about to start the key mapping to F5-F9 using a popular small SOC board, which is small enough
to be inside a custom printed shell that the keyset plugs into.
That is, the 3-row 19-pin female connector side which goes through to USB.

I was thinking there's no reason it shouldn't be able to work using the original connector with a real keyset-less Alto,
should any such animal be lurking out there. Hence looking at the feasibility of placing in a 19 pin male-female
connector arrangement rather than the fallback of straight-through to USB.

The whole thing is still at prototype stage so even if it doesn't work out, well I will at least have a bunch of additions
to my nuts/bolts/fasteners/switches stash.

Thanks for any help,


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