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2-in-1 Ethernet and Security Cable

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000032070D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Oct-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Oct-22
Document File: 3 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention describes a solution that combines an Ethernet cable and computer security cable into one single cable. This solution can be used on laptops that have Ethernet integrated into them. The advantages of this solution are:

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2-in-1 Ethernet and Security Cable

    Following is a description of the steps used to create the 2-in-1 Ethernet security cable:

1. Start with a standard Ethernet cable:

2. Add a steel mesh covering over the full length of the cable. This acts as a theft deterrent if a thief tries to cut the cable. An ancillary benefit is that it also gives the cable further protection from abrasion and crushing.
3. Replace the plastic RJ-45 connectors with metal connectors. Leave a plastic insert near the electrical contacts to provide insulation between each electrical contact and between the electrical contacts and the case. The locking latch that was previously plastic now is made of metal. It has a spring-loaded hinge incorporated into it to allow it to return to an upright position.

4. Add a locking pin that is wedged under the metal latch when the cable is locked. This pin prevents the metal latch from being depressed (and prevents the cable from being removed) when the cable is locked to the computer.

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The locking pin slides in a channel in the top of the RJ-45 connector:


5. Place a lock on each end of the cable. It is located 2-3 inches away from the plugs at each end of the Ethernet cable to eliminate the lock getting in the way of adjacent connectors on the computer. Link the lock to the locking pin with flexible cables.

LOCK DETAIL:

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