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How-To: Repair a broken Ethernet plug

How-To: Repair a broken Ethernet plug

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

3 thoughts on “How-To: Repair a broken Ethernet plug

  1. pestilence says:

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

  2. says:

    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.

  3. Dan Ruffor says:

    Hi! thank you for these tutorials! In my case everything is too complicated. I have done such repairment for 5 times. At first it helped me but now I want to buy new one. I had Chines’s cable and I know that it is not very good. I want ot buy something expensive but with good quality. I read a lot about European producers – all comments say that it is good. Have you ever heard about phoenix ( Is it good? They have big range and prices are normal. i need an advice. Thank you!

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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 man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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