You’re only as good as that little plastic clip

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How many network cables do you own that have a broken retaining clip ?

The choice of RJ45 patch cables may seem simple but take the cheap option and you will regret it.  Try to buy snag free cables with boots, the ones with raised edge profiles or centre ridge providing protection for the clip. The plugs with domed cover are OK but the plastic goes hard after a few years and become very difficult to depress and therefore remove.

Making your own cables should only be for emergency use. Buy them in from a quality manufacturer, don’t skimp and keep healthy stocks of various lengths. Colours are your choice.

I was visiting a branch office recently, the business neighbours IT guy asked if our internet connection was OK as theirs was dropping out 2-3 times a day. The EFM circuit had been tested, the routers and firewalls rebooted umpteen times. We ripped the whole rack apart finding the problem was the LAN switch connection into the firewall – no RJ45 clip !- it looked OK so wasn’t removed and re-inserted.  All that for 10mm sliver of plastic !


John R

John Reidy is an IT Manager for a Transport & Logistics Group of Companies in the UK. John’s background is in Network support and design for the Ministry of Defence, commercial premises, Ports and Sea going vessels serving the European Ferry industry. A BICSI trained and qualified Technician and promoter of the methodology for optimised best of breed information transport systems he designs LAN/WAN solutions together with hosted and on premise Telephony PBX solutions. John currently supports 190 users over 8 companies throughout the UK and Middle East supporting all aspects of the business associated technology and infrastructure on a 24/7 basis.

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  1. Brendan June 26, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Been there, done that.

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