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Computer Locks

by Powlaz / January 30, 2007 9:11 PM PST

I'm certain I'm not the first person to run into this problem, although I might be the first one who couldn't find a resolution. Any of you experts out there have a suggestion for how to block physical access to the connections on the back of a computer? How about a lock box for an ethernet jack panel.

I'm not looking for a major expense. So I've more or less ruled out Kiosks.

I have two computers (towers) and an HP Laserjet 6L printer in a public room. And EVERY day I get complaints that they are not working. And EVERY day it's because someone disconnected the ethernet cable where it connects to the the wall jack or something on the back of the computer.

I'm desperate for inexpensive suggestions for locking these areas up. Any ideas?

Thanks for the help.


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Just adding.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2007 9:51 PM PST
In reply to: Computer Locks

I had the same issue with a few office machines. The little plastic tab was broken off and the ethernet cable would pop off with little effort. For some odd reason the IT staffer thought it was not worth it to replace the cable. You can imagine that we have a new cable and IT staffer.


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Problem Solved
by Powlaz / February 1, 2007 9:14 AM PST
In reply to: Just adding.

Thanks for sharing Bob. I don't know what it is about that clip. It's probably what locks the contacts between the RJ45 and the jack right?

Anyway I looked into computer and printer enclosures, kiosks, etc. Found some good websites afterall. I didn't want to spend that kind of money thought. We're going low budget on this. I have the luxury of being able to put the towers on the other side of the wall.

Next week building maintenance drills the hole and we lock down the machines. I may still need a way to hide the printer but I'm making progress.


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School resource
by entrecon / February 1, 2007 7:29 PM PST
In reply to: Problem Solved

Have you checked school resources/discussions?

I am thinking that this is probably an issue in classrooms where kids seem to find unique ways to mess with machines everyday (i.e. a poptart we found in one disk drive...and that was teh highschool!). I haven't worked in a school for years so i don't have the resources at my fingertips.

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Great Idea
by Powlaz / February 2, 2007 1:34 AM PST
In reply to: School resource

Thanks, I didn't think of that. Have a favorite site to suggest?


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Used to
by entrecon / February 5, 2007 11:01 PM PST
In reply to: Great Idea

I used to have several sites and vendors that I would work with, but that was about 9 years ago. I looked to see if I had any of those bookmarks left, but alas that was 3-4 computers ago and none of them survived the upgrades.

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