Doh!....I guess you can't use Cat 6 RJ45 plugs for Cat 5e cable!

28 Jul 2012
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I am sure this silly mistake of mine will amuse some of you; I am installing some networking stuff around my house including a few POE IP cams and a IP enabled intruder alarm what will use cat 5e cable, as well as some network points in some of the rooms that will use Cat 6 cable. All will go back to a 6U network cabinet.

Well I bought a bunch of CAT 6 RJ45/8P8C connectors :D assuming the reason they are rated for CAT 6 is because of the tighter electrical characteristics that CAT 6 uses :rolleyes::notworthy:, of course forgetting the real issue of that the cores of CAT 6 cable are thicker than of CAT 5e cable :oops: :rolleyes:and thus wider when all the cores are lined up as if they were to be inserted into a connector.

Of course I go and try and terminate a piece of Cat 5e cable in a Cat 6 connector and soon realize that something is not quite right. o_O:arrow::rolleyes: :(

Oh well, I guess it's back down to TLC for some CAT 5e RJ45/8P8C connectors as well then!
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I've used the same 8P8C connectors on CAT6 and 5e with no issues, not sure which of the two standards the plugs were though
Well I bought a bunch of CAT 6 RJ45/8P8C connectors
Are they the right ones for solid cable - I'm assuming you're using solid cable. Not many people know that there are different plugs for solid and stranded cable.
And generally you shouldn't be fitting them on solid cable...
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Well this is embarrassing :oops::!: I failed to notice that in the packet of connectors there was also a set of staggered inserts/loadbars. :notworthy::cry: No wonder I was having issues crimping the cable without using the load bars! :ROFLMAO::rolleyes:

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