MZ_MakeAndMend-Badge.gifHere’s a really easy and clever fix for an Ethernet (RJ-45) plug, using two zip ties to replace a broken locking tab on the plug.

Repair a Broken Ethernet Plug

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

  • pestilence

    I think it would actually be easier and faster to just crimp a new end on the cable…


    For those who don’t own a crimping tool, this is a saver. More important, this is totally in the spirit of “doing it yourself”.

    I remember about living in an apartment where Ethernet cable just came out of the wall. The plug was already broken. I was specifically disallowed to install a wall socket (go figure) so that broken ends could be simply fixed by anyone buying a new patch cable. Eventually, after a few months of frustration and acrobatic attempts to keep the plug from falling out, I had an opportunity to borrow the crimper and fix the plug – nobody in the vicinity had the tool or was willing to lend it for an evening.