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Implementing Integrated Cables and Connectors into a LAN Switch or Hub

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021633D
Publication Date: 2004-Jan-28
Document File: 1 page(s) / 19K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method that integrates retractable CAT-5 and/or CAT-3 cables into an Ethernet switch or hub. Benefits include eliminating the need to carry cables when traveling with the unit.

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Implementing Integrated Cables and Connectors into a LAN Switch or Hub

Disclosed is a method that integrates retractable CAT-5 and/or CAT-3 cables into an Ethernet switch or hub. Benefits include eliminating the need to carry cables when traveling with the unit.

Background

Currently, switches and hubs do not include cables. If a user wishes to connect a hub or switch, he or she must carry cables.

General Description

The disclosed method integrates retractable CAT-5 and/or CAT-3 cables into an Ethernet switch or hub. For example, a four-port Ethernet switch may integrate five spooled CAT-5 cables. When the user wishes to use the switch, he or she simply pulls out the up-stream cable and connects it to an Internet or Intranet connection. Up to four other users may retract cables from the switch (see Figure 1). The disclosed method may also apply to other technologies, including Public Switching Telephone Network modems or other wired networks.

Advantages

Some implementations of the disclosed structure and method provide one or more of the following advantages:

The disclosed method incorporates spooled, retractable CAT-5 and/or CAT-3 cables into an Ethernet switch or hub, and is designed with travelers in mind.

Fig. 1

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