- This must be regarded as a temporary "Mac Gyver" solution, for home usage.
- Definitely not for IT staff! (no crimper? asking for one in the budget won't get you fired!)
- Before the tab breaks, consider protecting the plug.
Step 1: On Broken RJ45 Locking Tabs...
Now the RJ45 plug no longer locks properly, making the connection unreliable. You firmly push the plug into the socket, hurray you're connected again! so you forget about the plug until the next lost connection some weeks later, wasting a long time to figure out that it's this damn broken plug again. And so on.
Now it's time to act and grab your RJ45 crimp tool. Oh, you don't have one? Or you're reluctant to use it? so read on...
Step 2: Needed Stuff
- Cable tie tool (optional)
- Sharp knife
- Cutting pliers
- TWO CABLE TIES (small size)
Their exact size matters, this is discussed in the next step.
Step 3: Find the Right Size of Cable Ties
To test, insert the head into the socket as shown in the first picture below. It should snap.
Then gently pull the cable tie. You should feel some resistance.
I measured a head width of 4.3mm.
Step 4: Cut the Cable Tie #1 to Length
Step 5: Make Its Head Thin
Step 6: Bend the Cable Tie #1
Step 7: Use the Cable Tie #2
Step 8: Done (Almost)
Step 9: Tune It
Step 10: Now, Use It !
You should get this beloved "click" noise again!