In a recent blog post, Siemon global marketing communications manager Brian Duval asked, “What’s the worst thing you’ve found stuck in a network port?” He provided his own answer to that question, along with some accompanying photographs—“including gum in an elementary school outlet, the remnants of a USB phone charger jammed into an airport kiosk port, and my personal favorite: a half-smoked cigarette in a TR patch panel, left by a tech who obviously planned to smoke the rest of it later.”
Duval included photos of the elementary-school and airport examples. The post also served as Siemon’s call for cabling industry professionals to share their similar stories and images via Twitter. Individuals who Tweet their stories to @siemoncabling and include the hashtag #siemonlockit will receive a gift pack that includes a few samples of the company’s LockIT outlet lock. U.S.-based Tweeters who include a photo of the foreign-object-stuck-in-a-port also will receive a Siemon bucket seat and hard hat.
According to Siemon, the LockIT Outlet Lock (pictured immediately above) “fits securely into any standards-compliant RJ45 outlet or LC fiber adapter to block access to the port. It locks flush within the outlet or adapter opening to provide a clean, attractive appearance without obstructing adjacent ports or protruding beyond the outlet face. The outlet or adapter lock may be safely removed only by using the LockIT universal key.”