Data Center Cabling Solutions
Don't Get Snagged, Use Slimline Boots!

Don't Get Snagged, Use Slimline Boots!

  • Feb 14, 2019
  • cable management
  • Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor | Director – CABLExpress Product Management

Picture hearing this phrase yelled out in your data center or network closet: “Just find the other side of that cable and pull the whole thing out… and be careful not to disturb any of the other cables!”

Did you just cringe when you read that? Yeah, me too. We all know that action is easier said than done!

If you’ve ever had to extricate an RJ45-terminated cable from a bundle of cables, you’re familiar with the resulting snags. It’s as if there’s a magnetic attraction between the non-booted RJ45 connector and everything around it. Unfortunately, these cables are typically being pulled through groups of other cables – cables plugged into active ports.

Pull too hard and you’re going to have failed ports! Check out this picture of the calamity about to transpire!

The tab on this RJ45 connector is snagged on another cable

A Hero Rises

But, there’s no need to panic, there is a quality solution to this problem…

The slimline boot!

The slimline boot eliminates this issue. It takes away the opportunity for the RJ45 tab to snag on anything else.

This is accomplished by adding a second tab that overlays the first, effectively eliminating any snagging, as shown in the image below. It’s a simple, cost-effective solution.

The assembly with a slimline boot will slide right through these cables!

The Benefits of Slimline

The benefits of using the slimline boot are time savings, less frustration, and a much lower potential for “knocking out” a live port. These connectors are a smart investment that pay huge dividends for your organization.

This assembly is built with a slimline boot. Notice the second tab that eliminates snag opportunities.

Talk to a representative at CABLExpress today to keep your cables safe from unnecessary failed ports.

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