Simple Lan Cable Fix

About: I am a technology educator in Holland Mi. I have a great family and enjoy playing all sports including hockey and golf.

Ever have a lan cable where the plastic lock mechanism is broken off and it periodically wiggles free? I have a solution for you. I was designing a 3D printed fix when I noticed a paper clip in front of me. =) Problem solved.

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Step 1: Attach the Paper Clip to the Cable.

The slide on quite easily. I do not have the size of the clips, but you will know when you have some that fit. If you had the plastic coated ones they would protect the cable from wear as well.

Step 2: Pick Your Attachment Strap

I have a ton of these tiny cords and they worked super slick. I also attached one with rubber bands which was more difficult, but worked fine. Free is always one of my favorite fixes. =)

Simple as that, cable fixed.

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    4 years ago

    The only problem I've had using rubber bands is that they are super low quality and dry out quickly then crumble and break.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the tips. Too much pressure on the little wires is a good note. I will check the rig, but I think I am good. The little bungee cords were initially too long, so I adjusted them with a knot.

    I am jealous of you guys having the tools to replace ends and even have replacement ends on hand... As far as just buying new cables, these are 50 and 100 foot cables... That cost adds up after a while. =) While my fix may not be up to Hoyle standards... it really nails my frugal standards. =)


    4 years ago on Introduction

    This has to be the most "Rube Goldberg-ish" fix I've ever seen. Replacing the end is much simpler and more permanent. This looks like a good chance to get a paperclip in the eye.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Monoprice dot com. Buy a new cable, they're very cheap. In a pinch though, this can keep you running while you're waiting for a new cable to arrive so good work OP.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Or cut the old connector off and crimp a new one on -- I broke one of them recently (the tang went the wrong side of the anti-snag boot, and got bent UP (crack) ).

    I kept the old end + about 4 inches of cable as a port-prober diagnostic aid, having stripped back the wire ends. Who cares if it can fall out? :) Recycle, reuse!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Great fix to a long running issue. Might I suggest sticking with the rubber band and not anything with too much pressure. There are still small metal tines (I guess that's the right word) in the port that are touching the cable head where the connection is made and you can cause damage to those, thus losing the port all together.

    You wouldn't need much pressure at all to keep the cable in. I would also be SUPER easy to build a slim piece to support all of the cables