US 9,810,859 B2
Traceable networking cables with remote-released connectors
Christopher B. Scherer, Austin, TX (US); and Jon Sholtis, Austin, TX (US)
Assigned to MERTEK INDUSTRIES, LLC, Austin, TX (US)
Appl. No. 14/913,131
Filed by MERTEK Industries, LLC, Austin, TX (US)
PCT Filed Aug. 21, 2014, PCT No. PCT/US2014/052040
§ 371(c)(1), (2) Date Feb. 19, 2016,
PCT Pub. No. WO2015/027033, PCT Pub. Date Feb. 26, 2015.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/868,193, filed on Aug. 21, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2016/0209604 A1, Jul. 21, 2016
Int. Cl. G02B 6/36 (2006.01); G02B 6/38 (2006.01); H01R 13/641 (2006.01); H01R 13/717 (2006.01); H04Q 1/02 (2006.01); H01R 13/70 (2006.01); H01R 24/64 (2011.01)
CPC G02B 6/3895 (2013.01) [G02B 6/36 (2013.01); G02B 6/387 (2013.01); G02B 6/3817 (2013.01); G02B 6/3893 (2013.01); H01R 13/641 (2013.01); H01R 13/7175 (2013.01); H04Q 1/136 (2013.01); H01R 13/70 (2013.01); H01R 24/64 (2013.01)] 22 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A networking cable for transmitting data, comprising:
one or more transmission lines encased in a flexible sheath;
a connector hood on each end of the networking cable, each connector hood comprising:
a distal end configured to extend into a mating connector or jack;
a lever configured to engage the mating connector or jack to resist removal of the distal end; and
an extender configured to be coupled to the lever and configured to be pulled longitudinally away from the distal end to draw a portion of the lever laterally toward one or more cables
at least one conducting wire deployed along the length of the one or more transmission lines;
an electrically activated telltale incorporated into one of the connector hoods;
an electric power source incorporated into one of the connector hoods;
a manually operated switch incorporated into one of the connector hoods and electrically connected to the electrically activated telltale, the electric power source, and the at least one conductor, and configured to be actuated to activate the electrically activated telltale;
where the electrically activated telltale is mounted on the extender of the connector hood, and a flexible circuit extends along at least a portion of a length of the extender and is electrically coupled to the electrically activated telltale and the manually operated switch.