How to avoid disconnection with an ethernet cable lock
Most networks become complex quickly. Some carry user traffic, others focus on high speed multimedia content, and many facilities access a significant amount of storage using NAS devices and other shared resources. When you’re diagnosing faults, watching for unauthorized access, and chasing intermittent problems, it can take both time and experience. If you have automated network monitoring such as Nagios, connection and device issues from unsecured cables can generate a lot of trouble tickets!
It Comes Down to a Piece of Plastic
RJ45 type connectors are convenient and effective for quickly building out networks and populating subnets for new departments, labs, classrooms or special purposes. They connect Wi-Fi access points, and of course are essential for the complex connections of server farm networking.
The real trouble for networks begins after the initial install and test. Connections become loose from repeated servicing, device replacement, or even testing. Incomplete connector insertions, worn connectors, and cable strain degrade network reliability. Chasing down network device problems can become frustrating and time consuming, all because of a piece of plastic which makes easy connections, but wears out over time.
The Weakest Link
Physical access to the network is one of the highest security risks. When an intruder is able to disconnect an Ethernet cable and attach his own device, he can not only actively access the network, he can quietly collect private data by passively monitoring it. Proper configuration of the network can limit this risk, but unauthorized access to the right subnet can be disastrous. Locking doors can help prevent exploitation of network resources, but securing physical connections helps even more.
Users Need to Rely on Services
Whether your devices are ATMs, classroom computers, telepresence systems or basic desktop PCs, your users need to know that they are reliable. Keeping network connections solid lets users perform transactions, teach students, hold conferences or check email without incident.
Key Resources Need Near-Perfect Availability
IP security cameras and recording devices can be essential in solving or preventing criminal activity. Downtime isn’t acceptable. Network connections need to be secure. It’s essential that your Ethernet connections for these devices don’t get loose and aren’t tampered with. Fingerprint scanners, access control equipment, and other essential security tools need to be online and ready.
You know that physical network connection problems and disruptions for key resources are unacceptable. Highly visible resources such as essential database access, redundant systems, mission control and broadcast studio networks and other high availability systems have little room for error, especially from physical connections, and can cause big headaches for you in IT if problems occur.
Physical Strain Relief Prevents Accidents
An important answer for reliability in Ethernet connections is making the physical connection as solid and strain-free as possible. An Ethernet cable lock provides strain relief and prevents problems when you move devices. Secured connectors prevent cable disconnection from racked or desktop equipment when the equipment is moved. You won’t have to go into the server room to find the cable that got loose, or find a ladder and reconnect a loose cable after changing a projector bulb and reinstalling the unit. You also prevent unauthorized disconnection of the cable, preventing wear and tear as well as access issues.
Professional Locks Keep Connections Secure
You can lock connections and avoid wear, unauthorized access, and accidental disconnection. Color coded strain reliefs with locks can be used to code connection types from access points to backbone connections, helping techs to take care when they unlock and disconnect. The Platinum Tools EZ-Datalock™ strain reliefs with locking pins and removal keys work with RJ45 and EZ-RJ45 connectors, and have the necessary certifications for use in most data centers. There are two types available: The 100041 Series for EZ-RJ45® Cat5e ONLY and 100042 Series for Standard RJ45 and EZ-RJ45® Cat6.