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Troubleshooting Techniques: Reterminating Cables

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On today’s Tech, No Babel: Troubleshooting Techniques: Reterminating Cables

All things being equal, cables tend to have problems before hardware. Beyond that, the ends tend to have problems before the middle of a cable. So, reterminating cables will fix problems more than almost any other solution.

This happened to me just last Saturday. I had just done some cleaning and rearranging of my office, moving the router from the far wall from my desk to one of the sides. In doing so, the whole system initially worked, until I moved the cables to make them neater.

After checking the obvious things (everything was plugged in and I restarted the router and the cable modem), it still didn’t work. Then I asked, “What changed?” The only thing that I had done was move cables. That told me I probably had an intermittent short.

Knowing that cables tend to break at the ends and not in the middle, I decided to reterminate the cable. I cut off the end that was most likely to have moved during the move and added a new end.

After testing, I found that I’d fixed the problem. Troubleshooting doesn’t go like that very often.

For more about reterminating cables, watch the video above.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to a peak of 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.