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dip switch

a device for dipping car headlights

DIP switch

[′dip ‚swich]
(computer science)
A unit with several small rocker-type switches that plugs into a dual in-line package (DIP) on a printed circuit board.

DIP switch

(Dual In-line Package switch) A set of tiny toggle switches built into a dual in-line package (DIP), which is mounted directly on a circuit board. The tip of a pen or pencil is used to flip the switch on or off (close or open the circuit). See DIP, switch and jumper.


Switches on a DIP
Mostly replaced by programmable chips and a software control panel, DIP switches provide an inexpensive way to select hardware options. However, they require opening the case and figuring out which switch to flip.
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It's incredibly easy to program, with automatically resetting fuses (no dipswitches or potentiometers to set), and it can handle codes for up to 40 handheld transmitters.
Each of the 480 remote transmitters can be programmed with just a few keystrokes, and since there are no dipswitches to set, it is easy to add and suspend transmitters.