Securing printer cable (USB) to system

By ebeck ·
Hello all,
I have a warehouse location where the temps aer constantly removing the usb cable to a label printer on different machines to move it and hook up to another device. They do this instead of calling for help when they run into any problem, which of course creates new problems and more visits to the site for my techs. We're getting new Dell small form factors with the lockable sleeve on the back, but I suspect they can still pull the usb out one way or another. I've searched for "secure or lockdown or lockable" cables and other posts, with little results for the specific issue. Can any other folks out there advise what they have done when they encountered this - short of staging armed guards or video surveillance? The management there is of course convinced that they are not doing this and are accusing the techs of leaving things that way when they visit. I'm looking for something to ensure these can't be removed without a key - like a metal locked sleeve rather than the plastic Dell one has or something more secure.

Any insight on a product or other suggestion would be appreciated.

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by Jacky Howe In reply to Securing printer cable (U ...

use several small cable ties and bundle it in such a way that it is a pain to try to remove. You could be surprised what you can attach to with the right size cable tie. Anyway i found it to be a deterrent.
Someone may have a better idea.

But a pair of side cutters does the trick.

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Cable Mounts

by TheChas In reply to Securing printer cable (U ...

A company named Panduit makes a wide variety of cable mounting devices.

You could start with the 1" square adhesive backed mounts inside the sleeve with the USB cables secured to the mount with a cable tie. Or, look at the other devices and see what might work best for your application.


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Economic and simple - hot glue

by ngruloos In reply to Securing printer cable (U ...

Hello ebeck,
an economic and simple solution is to put a nut of hot glue on the plugged usb cable. If you put enough, it is not possible to unplug without a knife.
It is not as clean as a metallic lock but so easy and simple.
Best regards,

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