Copied from: The_Original_Kev May 7 According to R16:
i. Using the V5 Smart Cable Crimp Tool, V5 Smart Cable Stock, and V5 Smart Cable Connectors to create custom-length Smart Cables is permissible. Teams who use custom cables acknowledge that incorrect wiring may have undesired results.
Alternatives can be used if they are identical to vex parts. Is there any difference between commercially available rJ11 cables and the VEX V5 Official cables or are they completely identical, and if they are identical, are teams allowed to use alternatives.