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Standard User joconnell
(experienced) Mon 10-Sep-18 23:06:22
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Covering unused ports with electrical tape


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In order to protect the unused ports on my switch and patch panel located in my somewhat dusty garage, I've stuck electrical tape over them to keep dust out.

Is this a bad idea? Just wondering if it could possibly cause overheating problems...
Standard User Brunel
(experienced) Mon 10-Sep-18 23:14:50
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Should cause no problem whatsoever.
Standard User joconnell
(experienced) Mon 10-Sep-18 23:42:34
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Should cause no problem whatsoever.
Thanks, that's what I thought.


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Standard User rbz5416
(newbie) Tue 11-Sep-18 10:47:37
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Only problem with tape is the residue left behind when you remove it. You could always just fit unterminated plugs.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/RJ45-Crimps-Cat5E-Connector...

Not a recommendation for the seller as I've never used them, just an example of a cheap source from Google.
Standard User Rastus
(experienced) Tue 11-Sep-18 11:07:28
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Or even purpose made dust protectors!

e.g. Amazon or Google

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Standard User Michael_Chare
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 11-Sep-18 12:21:11
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Vodafone suppy their routers with at least one port covered up!

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Standard User Zarjaz
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 11-Sep-18 12:43:39
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Overheating ??

Think about it, a router or a switch doesn’t ventilate through its LAN or WAN ports does it ?

Standard User ian72
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 11-Sep-18 13:05:45
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Let's hope not or there will be a lot of fires if all the ports have cables in them.
Standard User joconnell
(experienced) Tue 11-Sep-18 13:18:10
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Or even purpose made dust protectors!

e.g. Amazon or Google

Thanks, also found these which are silicone rubber
Standard User joconnell
(experienced) Tue 11-Sep-18 13:18:56
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Overheating ??

Think about it, a router or a switch doesn’t ventilate through its LAN or WAN ports does it ?
I dunno, probably not but I thought I'd ask to make sure smile
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