|@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.
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