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RJ45 Plugs + Crimping Tools

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mr.Cheeks, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    Does anyone know where i can buy a decent crimping tool and rj45plugs aswell? I know Maplins does both here and here, but i want around 50 plugs, and the plugs seems to be pricey :rolleyes: ...

    I have to go through the trial and error process of wiring up CAT 5 cable!

    I am more concerned about the plugs than anything else.

    Thanks
     
  2. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    geez - never realised amazon done them!

    Thanks for your help!
     
  3. mondos

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    your welcome
     
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  4. AJ

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    Don't forget a decent pair of wire snippers, cable tester, cable tonor (a great idea if you haven't put the cables in yourself), screwdrivers and a good punch tool.
     
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  5. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    whats a cable tonor?
     
  6. AJ

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    One of THESE

    Attatch the "box" end to a pair of wires and then use the "wand" to trace/find the other end of the cable. This has to be the most useful piece of test kit I have. You can't guess the amount of time I have saved tracing wires with this :D
     
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    True, if you are going to get involved in cabling it is a must have - i have used one for the past 8 years.
     
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  8. Kraven

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    Yeah I got my crimp tool, RJ45 connectors and a shed load of patch cable from amazon.

    Kraven
     
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  10. r.h.lee

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    Mr. Cheeks,

    The tools you will need are:
    1. An RJ-45 connector crimper
    2. A network cable/channel tester that can certify Category 5, Category 5e, or Category 6 depending on the cable/channel you are testing.

    The materials you will need are:
    1. For Category 5
      • Certified Category 5 cabling.
      • RJ-45 connectors certified for Category 5 that are tuned for the Category 5 cabling.
    2. For Category 5e
      • Certified Category 5e cabling.
      • RJ-45 connectors certified for Category 5e that are tuned for the Category 5e cabling.
    3. For Category 6
      • Certified Category 6 cabling.
      • RJ-45 connectors certified for Category 6 that are tuned for the Category 6 cabling.

    Rules:
    • Do not purchase any cabling and RJ-45 connectors that you cannot cerifiably cable/channel test with your cable/channel tester.
      • Reasons:
        • If you cannot certify the cable/channel and you get performance less than expected, it's because it failed 1 or more of the certification tests for: 1) Cat 5 2) Cat 5e 3) Cat 6.
        • Cat 5 has 4 tests it must pass to be certified.
        • Cat 5e has 6 tests it must pass to be certified.
        • Cat 6 has 12 tests it must pass to be certified.
    • Do not mismatch the category rating between the cable and connector.
      • Reason: On the "Category 6 Cabling Overview, FAQs and Whitepapers" webpage, it states:
        • Q: If we use a Cat 5e RJ45 connector and connect it to a Cat 6 UTP cable, will the installation be Cat5e or Cat 6?
        • A: By definition (of the standard), it will be a Cat 5e channel. The actual performance will probably be somewhat better, but nowhere near Cat 6 requirements. Of course, you can set up a channel using any components and measure it using a Cat 6 (level III) compliant tester, and if it passes, it is Cat 6 performance compliant. It would not be standards compliant however, because the components have requirements in and of themselves to assure interoperability with other Cat 6 components.
    • Do not purchase cabling and RJ-45 connectors that are not part of a tuned pair.
      • Reasons:
        • From the "Category 6 Cabling, Overview, FAQs and Whitepapers" webpage:
          • Q: What is a "tuned" system between cable and hardware? Is this really needed if product meets the standard?
          • A: The word "tuned" has been used by several manufacturers to describe products that deliver headroom to the Category 6 standard. This is outside the scope of the Category 6 standard. The component requirements of the standard have been carefully designed and analyzed to assure channel compliance and electrical/mechanical interoperability.
        • A Cat 5 RJ-45 connector + Cat 5 UTP cable + Cat 5 RJ-45 connector may NOT equal a Cat 5 cable (due to abovementioned 4 tests it needs to pass to be a certified Cat 5 cable).
        • A Cat 5e RJ-45 connector + Cat 5e UTP cable + Cat 5e RJ-45 connector may NOT equal a Cat 5e cable (due to the abovementioned 6 tests it needs to pass to be a certified Cat 5e cable).
        • A Cat 6 RJ-45 connector + Cat 6 UTP cable + Cat 6 RJ-45 connector may NOT equal a Cat 6 cable (due to the abovementioned 12 tests it needs to pass to be a certified Cat 6 cable).
    • Do not use uncertified cabling/channel in a production environment without using a cable/channel that certifies category tests.
      • Reason: If you have a Gigabit switch connected to the patch panel with a certified Cat 5e patch cable, an unknown ethernet channel between the patch panel behind the walls to the wall outlet, and a certified Cat 5e patch cable connecting the wall outlet to the computer/server, the unknown ethernet channel may be the bottleneck for the expected Gigabit ethernet performance due to possible older cabling (like forgotten Cat 3 cabling), uncertified cabling category (like a Cat 5e channel that only meets Cat 5 standards), or any other reason.

    Source:
    1. Category 6 Cabling Overview, FAQs and Whitepapers - http://www.tiaonline.org/standards/technology/cat6/faq.cfm
    2. DTX Series: Category 5e Field Test Specification - (Under the "Category 5e Field Test Specification section, in the sentence "This document is available for download in Microsoft Word.", click _download_) http://www.flukenetworks.com/fnet/e...ries/Category_5e_Field_Test_Specification.htm
    3. DTX Series: Category 6 Field Test Specification - (Under the "Category 6 Field Test Specification section, in the sentence "This document is available for download in Microsoft Word.", click _download_) http://www.flukenetworks.com/fnet/e...eries/Category_6_Field_Test_Specification.htm
     
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  11. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    blimey, never realised the list was that big - thanks.
     
  12. Crito

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    FWIW, I use an Ideal CrimpMaster and swear by it.
    http://www.mytoolstore.com/ideal/ide08-11.html

    EDIT: I really have no idea whether that's a good place to buy it or not though -- I've had mine for ten years. Was just at top of my AltaVista search results.
     
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  13. Wassup

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    maplin do have a cable tracker and tone generator here
    h::p://www.maplin.co.uk/module.aspx?ITAG=SPEC&ModuleNo=46536&doy=12m4#spec
     

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