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Broken CAT5e connector tab

Discussion in 'Networking' started by bobber, Oct 18, 2009.

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  1. bobber

    bobber Thread Starter

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    After running a 25' ethernet cable through and under and back through my floor I managed to break off the little plastic tab that holds it in the back of my pc. Now it pops out with the slightest movement. I know I can rerun a new cable (a real pain) but is there any way of replacing or repairing the connector easily? I searched for some type of connector but it seems that I would have to remove all the wires and attach a new connector.
    Any other alternatives? Thank you.
    Sorry if this is in the wrong forum.
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    There is no alternative to replacing the connector. If that really scares you, you can buy a female-female RJ-45 adapter and use a short cable to the computer. For the one with the broken tab, just super-glue it into the socket on the adapter.
     
  3. zx10guy

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    If you are some what handy, you can try to re-terminate the damaged end yourself. To me it's not that hard and I do my own terminations all the time. All you need is a crimper and some extra RJ45 male connectors. You just need to figure out the pin out standard the cable is using...either T568A or B. Cut off the broken connector, strip back the outer insulation enough to expose the appropriate length of wire where crimping down on the connector would lock down on the outside jacket of the wire and then crimp the connector.
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Clearly, you can crimp a connector on yourself, I assumed he didn't have the tools or the inclination to do so. :)

    My solution would be to do just that, but I have a drawer full of connectors and the proper tool. :D
     
  5. zx10guy

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    Just suggesting an option as having to run that length of cable would drive me to learn how to re-terminate the broken end. :D
     
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