Phone cord for router: Replacement needed.

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Help! The phone cord that connects my laptop to the router sees to be on the fritz. Internet connectivity has become intermittent. I think it's a weak spot at the phone connector plug on one end.
I don't have a crimping tool in order to fix it, so I'd like to locate another cord, to replace the heavy blue cable with the phone connectors on each end that came with the Exede setup.
For such a replacement line, will any old phone cord, including one that likely predates modern technology, i.e. from the 1980s or 90s, do the trick?
Or do I need to go out and buy some fancy, high-tech, heavy duty cable specially made for these units, to use with this application?
If the latter, what type of cable works best? Are there degrees of quality depending on the cable thickness, etc.? Thx
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M de onate

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Posted 3 years ago

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Noah Johnson

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I don't know where you are - but you can get one at a Home Depot for about $12.00  Here is a part number for a 7ft cable.  Model # PCF5-07BKS-SN -- in my area they open at 08:00.
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You actually need the CAT5 cable, which has an 8 pin connector at each end. CAT6 will also work, but  not necessary. As Noah said, they are available at Home Depot, Lowe's or Walmart, costs are dependent on the length you need.
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More generically, what you need is called an Ethernet cable. The modular plugs at the end resemble common telephone plugs, but they are bigger and have more connections. They are not interchangeable. 

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