Equipment, e.g., backup batteries, within a data center is connected to ethernet cables for the purposes of communication or monitoring. When equipment is installed into or removed from a rack of the data center, the ethernet cable needs to be manually connected or disconnected from its RJ45 socket. The presence of the ethernet cable, connected via RJ45 interface, makes equipment installation or removal a relatively slow, manual process. This disclosure describes two types of adapters - a springboard adapter and a flat-pack adapter - for RJ45 interfaces. The adapters enable automatic making or breaking of the ethernet connection when equipment is installed into or removed from a rack. The adapters enable automated installation or removal of equipment from the rack of a data center.

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