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Ethernet Latch Aid Handle

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106765D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 83K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Mix, AL: AUTHOR

Abstract

The device herein disclosed substantially enhances the usability of IEEE compliant slide latches used for Ethernet cabling. The embodiment described is designed to work in concert with a current industrially available latch, but variations of the design could be made to work with other suppliers' latches without departing from the spirit and scope of this invention.

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Ethernet Latch Aid Handle

      The device herein disclosed substantially enhances the
usability of IEEE compliant slide latches used for Ethernet cabling.
The embodiment described is designed to work in concert with a
current industrially available latch, but variations of the design
could be made to work with other suppliers' latches without departing
from the spirit and scope of this invention.

      The device is shown as item "1" in the accompanying Figure.  It
is molded plastic, but could be of any conductive or non-conductive
material.  This illustration shows the device used with the plug end
of a cable, but it is equally adaptable for use with the socket
component of the pair.  The critical elements of the design are:

1.  The handles, "A," which are engaged by the user's thumb and a
    finger.

2.  The projections "B," which are captured by the cut-away features
    "C"  on the commercial latch "D."

      Screws  "E"  retain  the latch-handle combination to the socket
or plug while permitting lateral movement that provides the latching
function.

      This device is especially useful in cramped cabling areas on
the rear of computer chassis.  Since it does not require modification
of,  or attachment to the IEEE compliant latch, standards conformance
is not jeopardized.