Does Cat5e require different RJ45 connectors?

Does Cat5e require different RJ45 connectors?

There are two types of RJ-45 (AKA 8P8C) plugs used to terminate Ethernet cables. Cat-6 and Cat-5e should work with either type. The only thing you have to look out for is the crimper/plug combination.

What is a RJ45 modular plug?

An RJ45 connector (Registered Jack-45) is an 8-position, 8-contact (8P8C) modular plug or jack, frequently used for Ethernet networking. The jacks (female) are the recessed sockets, designed to accept an RJ45 plug (male) inserted into the socket.

What is the difference in plugs for solid and stranded wire?

Solid conductor cables are ideal for structured wiring within a building. Instead, stranded cable is typically used to create patch cables. The cable itself is more flexible, and rolls up well. The RJ45 terminators have a better, and more flexible and complete connection to stranded wires than solid wires.

Are the connectors the same for Cat5e and Cat6?

Cat6 connectors are designed to accommodate much larger cable diameters than Cat5e, so most cables should fit — but check the numbers. For example, Cat6 EZ-RJ45 connectors from Platinum Tools use 0.275 inches as a maximum cable OD, which is plenty for a typical 0.205 diameter Cat5e cable.

Are the same 8P8C modular connectors used for both solid and stranded cable?

Yes. You can use ‘solid’ 8P8C plugs on solid and stranded wire. You must only use ‘Stranded’ 8P8C plugs on stranded wire. The ‘stranded’ version has one little ‘tang’ that goes straight into the stranded wire.

Can I use solid wire instead of stranded?

In general, solid cables are better electrical conductors and provide superior, stable electrical characteristics over a wider range of frequencies. They are also considered more rugged and less likely affected by vibration or susceptible to corrosion since they have less surface area than stranded conductors.

Can you use a Cat5e connector on a Cat6 cable?

Regardless of the size difference in Cat5e vs Cat6, the fact was that Cat6 cable is backward compatible with Cat5e. Yes, Cat6 is often times a larger cable, but this in no way affects its use with Cat5e patch panels. Feel free to use Cat5e patch panels if you already have them. You can always upgrade them later.