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I am looking for robust RJ45 cables/connectors in an environment where people come and go and plug in and out. After a month of usage, the connectors are worn out and fall out and you need to replace the cable. I want to not do it so often - what are my options other than wireless?

Update: after some searching, I think I have found what I was looking for. The magic keywords seem to be "cat6 patch leads with strain relief". The most robust I've seen have a long "sleeve", but these guys seems to be also very durable. Not endorsing any product, just the type of design.

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What are they doing, yanking the cable out of their machine? I've had the same cable for years and it's still functional. –  Nathan C Jul 4 '13 at 11:25
    
Dunno, the clips break and that's that. –  Konrads Jul 4 '13 at 11:27
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Search for RJ45 Pouches Jacket, maybe it increases lifetime. –  ott-- Jul 4 '13 at 11:46
    
You don't describe your environment - if it's a company environment, where people are likely to use similar equipment, I'd advice you to use docking stations. Or just get a tool set and replace connectors. –  Jenny D Jul 4 '13 at 11:54
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@SharatYadav Are they? Really? –  Tom O'Connor Jul 4 '13 at 13:16

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Very weird question but I'd be tempted to buy a whole bunch of short cheapo 0.5m-1m cables and just switch out those instead of trying to find some, probably mythical, super-strong ones myself. Not exactly the green approach but it'll work.

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This. I mean, there's these, but ruggedized cabling is expensive. –  Nathan C Jul 4 '13 at 11:30

This isn't actually an unusual problem.

There's a whole range of networking hardware and paraphrenalia designed for rough/industrial environments.

A quick google for "industrial rj45" turned up things like this:

There's even some which are good up to IP67.

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Lots of people use a RJ45 cable for their laptop, plug/unplug everyday for years without any problem. In my whole life I never saw a RJ45 falling out (well, in 20 years). I suspect your users do something you don't know.

If you want them to plug something into their own RJ45 female, you can't have any other choice than using a RJ45 male.

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Think hotdesk environment. cables go dead before you blink –  Konrads Jul 4 '13 at 11:40

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