Have you ever broken the connector on an Ethernet cable, but didn’t want to go out and buy a replacement? If you only have one or two broken cable heads, it’s probably not worth it to find a crimper and new RJ45 connectors. This quick, clever, and inexpensive hack from Instructables makes quick work of repairing a snapped Ethernet connector with a razor, cutting pliers, and two cable ties.
Measuring the cable ties is very important: a head width of 4.33 mm is the right size to properly snap into the RJ45 socket and be removable with only a bit of resistance. After sizing, cut down the head of the cable tie to make it flat, then attach the tie to the cable with the second tie. With a little bit of adjusting and bending, you should get the repaired plug to produce that satisfying “click” as it’s inserted into the RJ45 jack on your laptop or desktop!
Did you try out this quick fix at home? Let us know in the comments how it went.