If you ask an IT personnel what your network management policy is, he or she would probably respond that “Moving is not as good as staying put”. However, it is inevitable that ports will be moved, added, or changed (MAC) frequently. The swap of ports in a telecom closet, zone distribution spot, or in work area becomes routine.
Although the RJ-45 plug guarantees at least 1,000 times mating cycles, the retention clip is unlikely to break under normal operation. Nevertheless, the following scenes might look familiar to you:
- Oops! I stepped on a plug.
- The plug seems to lose connection with the jack. Let me bend the clip over to make it more secure.
- I can’t unplug the patch cord from a socket out of the blue. To free it, I inserted a flat screwdriver and levered.
Any of the above scenarios could result in the retention clip breaking. When the cables and cords are organized neatly in bundles, you would consider saving the plug instead of switching out a new patch cord. Afterall, better keep still than move.
That’s when the “Plug Relief” kicks in. It extends the plug’s life when the retention clip is damaged. Just clip-on then another patch cord is saved.
There are further uses for the "Plug Relief." It allows you to manage post-installation applications by replacing the current retention clip with colored "Plug Relief". No muss, no fuss.