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Ethernet dummy plugs?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by srhoades, Jul 29, 2010.


  1. srhoades

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    Do they sell them? You know those plastic plugs that you have to remove from the ethernet port on a new computer. Do they have a specific name and can you buy them? I'm a creature of habit and every time I put in an ethernet card because the onboard one failed I always plug the onboard back in when working on the computer.
     

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  2. kc8ykd

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    never seen them myself, but, if you've got some old ethernet cables or rj45, or even an rj11 (phone) end laying around, you can just nip off any cable that's attached and plug it into unused port.

    note, uncrimped rj-45 ends will not fit, they have to be crimped, with or without a cable attached, doesn't matter just as long as it's been crimped.
     

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  4. Pierre!

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    You don't see termination plugs that often because they really have very specific uses.

    Absolutely not needed for ethernet applications these days.
     
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    I just put a piece of duct tape on the bad plug and mark it bad with a sharpie.


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  6. srhoades

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    I guess they are available to OEM's only and not sold to the general public. I'll just use the tape method.
     
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    A while back when I purchased my networked wireless color laser printer from HP, it came with those ethernet plugs, I simply called HP's customer service and asked them to sell me a couple of extra's which they did with no problem, I think I paid like 5 bucks total for a bag of like 10.
     
  8. kc8ykd

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    yup, although you can pick them up pretty cheap at your local hardware store or electrician's supply store, in bulk.

    straight out of the bag they won't fit, they need to be crimped, doesn't matter if they have a cable attached or not. a broken ethernet cable will work as well, just use some wire cutters or scissors to cut off the cable right after the end.
     
  9. srhoades

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    I will look into that. The idea of cutting of the end of a bad cable just seems ghetto.
     
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    I've always had good luck with Monoprice.
     
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  12. srhoades

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    That is what I am talking about, thank you.