Rethinking the Wi-Fi Router

We all have that room in our homes where Wi-Fi struggles to reach. It could be the basement, or perhaps the top-most room of a converted attic, or maybe even the garage when trying to do a home workout, the last thing one needs is a spotty Wi-Fi connection to interrupt your carefully curated playlist…right? Whatever it may be, we can all agree bad Wi-Fi connection is a real pain in the router.

One E-Switch customer has sought to rid us of this first-world problem by providing a new innovative Wi-Fi system. Their state-of-the-art technology brings Wi-Fi down halls, around walls, and to every corner of the house. Unlike the traditional routers, we’re oh-so-familiar with, their system uses multiple devices that work together harmoniously to send a connection out in every direction, so we never need to worry about a bad signal ever again.

Every great product requires an equally capable switch to make it function. A compact switch that didn’t sacrifice functionality and quality was needed to complement the sleek and contemporary design. The TL3301 was their Tactile Switch of choice. Or to be more precise; TL3301EF160QG

Let’s get into some of the details of this versatile Tact Switch:

Datasheet drawing of TL3301 Tact Switch

The TL3301 is a 6x6mm SMT Tact Switch with an SPST contact arrangement. One reason the TL3301 series is such a popular choice is the wide range of Actuator heights and styles. This particular customer chose the 7.3mm out of a total of 10 options. 3 different Actuation Forces are available depending on your final output needs; 100gf, 160gf, and 260gf. Either gold or silver contacts are available. In this case, silver contacts were chosen for their low contact resistance and cost-effective properties. To keep the switches low-profile and noninvasive nature; Gull Wing terminations were the final specs needed to end this customer’s design journey.

TL3301 Specs:

Contact Rating: 50mA @ 12VDC
Electrical Life: 100,000 gf
Contact Resistance: 100mΩ Max
Insulation Resistance: 100MΩ Min @ 500VDC
Dielectric Strength: 250VAC for 1 Minute
Operating Temperature: -20°C to 70°C
Storage Temperature: -30°C to 85°C
Travel: 0.25mm
Contact Arrangement: SPST
Actuation Force: 100gf; 160gf; 260gf

Here are some other typical Applications and Industries for the TL3301:

Some other Tact Switches to consider for this type of application are:

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