Stranded or solid cat5e connectors

August 30, 2010 at 23:13:03
Specs: Windows 7
Please could anyone show with close-up photos the difference between the modular connectors used for stranded cable termination vs solid cable termination as I cannot identify the connectors I have, thank you very much

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#1
August 31, 2010 at 07:32:12
I don't have a camera handy so sorry, I can't. Honestly, I don't think I could take a close enough picture to give you the detail you'd need to see that.

I suspect it will also differ somewhat from one manufacturer to another. I have both in my tool kit and pulled one of each out to compare.

The stranded core RJ-45 has a "U" shaped notch at the top of the metal piece that goes into the wire when crimped.

The solid core RJ-45 does have the notch but the notch has a little triangular shaped piece of metal in it at the top of the notch....kind of like an arrowhead.

If it were me, and I wasn't sure, I'd take one in to the store where I bought it and ask them.

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#2
August 31, 2010 at 11:30:25
Curt, thank you very much for that, I have attached a photo of my connectors and from your explanation, I would say that these were for stranded cable, right?

http://kamruti.net/files/stranded%2...


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#3
August 31, 2010 at 11:52:46
rrmaron

Yep, those look exactly like my stranded core RJ45 ends.

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#4
December 16, 2010 at 05:13:30
If you look at the images on Monoprice, you will see that the solid CAT5/CAT5e RJ45 modular plug has U-shaped pins and the stranded has U/V-shaped pins.

@rrmaron and @Curt R, does this match with the one in the stranded picture above?

Also, is there a hybrid CAT5/CAT5e RJ45 modular plug that fits for both solid and stranded cable? I see on eBay that sellers provide a picture of a plug with W-shaped pins and describe it for "solid and stranded" cable. On eBay, I bought a 100 pack of RJ45 CAT5/CAT5e modular plugs for $2.50 shipped, but the bag hasn't arrived yet.

Is there a difference in pin design between CAT6 and CAT5/CAT5e RJ45 modular plugs? Monoprice sells separate CAT6 RJ45 modular plugs and says that CAT6 cables require a more efficient RJ45 modular plug design to minimize crosstalk. I am wondering if the pins are shaped differently.


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#5
December 16, 2010 at 07:32:15
@rrmaron and @Curt R, does this match with the one in the stranded picture above?

Not to be a dick but, you should have provided a link to the image. I'm not about to go hunting for one to answer your question. Alternative to repsonding with a link, you could look at the image rmaron linked and compare with your own eyes to the ones you mention on that website.

Also, is there a hybrid CAT5/CAT5e RJ45 modular plug that fits for both solid and stranded cable? I see on eBay that sellers provide a picture of a plug with W-shaped pins and describe it for "solid and stranded" cable

Not that I know of. You have two types of wire (stranded/solid) and two types of RJ45's. I don't know how you'd make an RJ45 that could work on both and if you did, there wouldn't be two kinds would there. I could be wrong but it seems to me if there were an RJ45 that could do both, that would kind of kill the sales of both the "stranded only" and the "solid only" RJ45's and there would be just the one dual-type available.

I would find out who manufactures those particular plugs and I'd hit them up for that information. Just because someone on ebay, who I do not know, says they're for both, doesn't make it true.

My last thought on the topic is, I've never seen a hybrid 'stranded/solid" core RJ45 advertised when I was pricing them out. Take a look around, if you don't see them listed on any manufacturer's websites, or on any network suppliers websites, then they're bogus.

Is there a difference in pin design between CAT6 and CAT5/CAT5e RJ45 modular plugs? Monoprice sells separate CAT6 RJ45 modular plugs and says that CAT6 cables require a more efficient RJ45 modular plug design to minimize crosstalk. I am wondering if the pins are shaped differently.

The only real difference I can think of would be price. They're going to charge you a whole lot more for "Cat6" RJ45 ends than they will for "Cat5e" RJ45's.

I just recently made up a few patch cables with Cat6 and used RJ45's that were bought for "Cat5e" and the cables tested, and certified, at 1000 Mbps no problem.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#6
December 16, 2010 at 12:48:18
Thanks for the fast response.

I originally didn't post the links because I thought that they may be flagged as spam (actually my first post).

Anyway, here is the Monoprice category for "Network/Modular Connectors":
http://www.monoprice.com/products/s...

Category lists several different kinds of modular plugs.

For the individual products, click on the "Large Image" tab.

Product ID: 179
RJ-45 MODULAR PLUGS RJ45 - 100 PACK FOR SOLID
http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...

Product ID: 180
RJ-45 MODULAR PLUGS RJ45 - 100 PACK FOR STRANDED CABLE
http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...

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Alternative to repsonding with a link, you could look at the image rmaron linked and compare with your own eyes to the ones you mention on that website.

Looking at rrmaron's stranded picture, the U shape looks more like Monoprice's solid CAT5/CAT5e picture. But wait! The U-shaped pins also look like the stranded CAT6 pins, although with a smaller U shape.

Product ID: 1027
Cat6 Plug Stranded W/Insert 50U 100pcs/Bag
http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...

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I would find out who manufactures those particular plugs and I'd hit them up for that information. Just because someone on ebay, who I do not know, says they're for both, doesn't make it true.

I see a lot of these descriptions on eBay. Looks like all of the resellers are just copying and pasting the information directly from Chinese manufacturers.

Here's a picture of the W-shaped pins:
http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/...

Compare this to the solid CAT6:

Product ID: 1026
Cat6 Plug Solid W/Insert 50U 100pcs/Bag
http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...

The solid CAT6 also looks like it has W-shaped pins, very similar to the eBay modular plug, but still a little different (smaller W-shaped pins).

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