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October 13, 2023

How to Clean an Ethernet Port

A dirty ethernet port can cause performance issues and unreliable internet connections. In this article, we’ll show you how to clean your ethernet port to restore optimal performance and keep your internet connection stable.

Before beginning the cleaning process, you’ll need to power down your device and unplug it from any wall outlets or power strips. This will eliminate the risk of electric shock and prevent any unexpected malfunctions or damage to your device’s internal components during the cleaning process.

Using a can of compressed air (actually pressurized gases) is a quick and effective way to remove loose dirt and debris from the ethernet connector. Be sure to hold the can upright and aim at the connector with short bursts of air. Avoid applying excessive pressure, as this can damage the delicate pins within the ethernet connector.

You can also use a soft brush to gently remove any remaining stubborn dirt or debris particles from the ethernet connector. Be careful not to use too much force, as this could damage the fragile pins within the ethernet connector.

If the ethernet connector is severely clogged—for example, with peanut butter or another thick substance—you may need to use a toothpick to gently dig out the gunk. Remember, however, that Ethernet, serial, and other jacks all rely on delicate pins, which can easily break if they are subjected to too much pressure or twisting.

Once you’ve removed any visible dirt or debris, use a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol or electronics cleaner to gently wipe the metal pins on the ethernet connector. Be sure to apply light pressure and avoid using any harsh or abrasive cleaning agents, as these can damage the delicate connector.