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How to Repair Broken Ethernet Plug

Ethernet cables can commonly be found with a broken tab.  While the cable and the connector may still work, the RJ45 plug no longer locks properly, making the connection unreliable.  Traditionally, the only way to fix this was with an RJ45 crimp tool. This tutorial teaches a workaround on repairing a broken Ethernet Plug with a nylon cable tie.

The infamous broken ethernet plug:

Broken Ethernet Plug , credit: instructables.com
Broken Ethernet Plug , credit: instructables.com

To fix, you will need:

  • Cable tie tool (optional)
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting pliers
  • TWO CABLE TIES (small size)

Steps:

  1. Find the right size cable tie.  Cable tie should be the smaller kind, about the same size as the ethernet plug’s broken tab.
  2. Wrap one cable tie around the other and snip the cable ties to fit accordingly.
    Broken Ethernet Plug , credit: instructables.com
    Broken Ethernet Plug , credit: instructables.com
  3. Tune the position and bends of the cable tie #1, so that it acts as a spring.
    Broken Ethernet Plug , credit: instructables.com
    Broken Ethernet Plug , credit: instructables.com
  4. All set!
Tutorial

 

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3 comments

  1. This is great!

  2. Dude this is great!

  3. Now I can repair my broken ethernet plug!

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