Widely employed within the world of telecommunications, registered jacks (RJs) are a standardized network interface mechanism. RJ45 connectors, consisting of a RJ45 plug (often referred to as a ‘crystal head’ due to common transparent plastic construction) and a RJ45 jack (sometimes referred to as a cage), are frequently used to interconnect networked computing devices. RJ45 connectors suffer from a number of deficiencies. As just one example, a RJ45 crystal head may (as a result of, possibly among other things, age, repeated use, improper installation, latch damage or weakness, etc.) become loose when it is inserted into a cage, which may result in compromised (e.g., disrupted, intermittent, etc.) connections. To address these challenges, techniques are presented herein that provide for the inclusion of a magnetic element in RJ45 connectors to enhance or augment the latch mechanism of a RJ45 crystal head to improve connection reliability.

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