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Topic # 242200 15-Oct-2018 23:24
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is there a difference between rj45 (cat5) and rj45 (cat6) plugs ?


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  Reply # 2108561 15-Oct-2018 23:33
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quality, and the bandwidth they will support

 

 

 

get the Cat6 and use the same cable.


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  Reply # 2108562 15-Oct-2018 23:49
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Yes, cat6 is a little thicker so they will usually have a stagger arrangement to them. Its doubtful you would get the cat6 wires up the end part of a cat5 plug fully.





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  Reply # 2108563 15-Oct-2018 23:52
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so a cat 5 plug will drop in bandwidth with a cat 6 cable ?


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  Reply # 2108565 16-Oct-2018 00:01
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No it wont fit.





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  Reply # 2108567 16-Oct-2018 00:19
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i tried it and it does fit


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  Reply # 2108569 16-Oct-2018 00:58
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biggal:

 

i tried it and it does fit

 

 

Generally they "fit" but don't completely go fully to the end.

 

Much like a cat5 cable that works but made slopperly.

 

 

 

Main reason for this is, cat6 is slightly larger, cat5 jacks are made for the smaller.

 

 

 

It's much like "tough cable", you could probably shove a cat5 end on it.. but it won't correctly make contact.





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  Reply # 2108570 16-Oct-2018 01:49
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biggal:

 

i tried it and it does fit

 

 

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  Reply # 2108572 16-Oct-2018 03:28
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biggal:

 

is there a difference between rj45 (cat5) and rj45 (cat6) plugs ?

 

 

Yes. One if designed for cat5 cable, the other for cat6 cable.

 

Just like stranded vs solid connectors each plug is specific to the cable type, and while you can force cat6 into a cat5 connector if you're very careful, and mix and match solid and stranded connectors at the end of the day it's a hack and should never be relied on.

 

If you are using the wrong connectors (whether it be cat5 / cat6 / solid / stranded) it should only be a temporary measure until you purchase the correct ones.

 

 


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  Reply # 2108884 16-Oct-2018 14:49
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biggal:

 

so a cat 5 plug will drop in bandwidth with a cat 6 cable ?

 

 

bandwidth = frequency range


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  Reply # 2109220 17-Oct-2018 07:57
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I've done this once to get a temporary connection up. Took a lot of fiddling to get all the wires to end due to thickness. No chance the cable sheath was getting into the plug so was just hanging by wires.

Funtional but in hindsight, I should have just punched a loose cat6 Jack on the end.



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  Reply # 2109915 17-Oct-2018 16:24
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i brought a cat6 cable and rj45 plugs

 

didn't know there was rj45 (cat5) and rj45 (cat6) plugs thought is was just 1 size fits all

 

and got a Crimper tool of some one

 

yes it is a temp job

 

 

 

what wiring standard is best to use 568-A Wiring 568-B Wiring

 

and these Crimper tool ok for cat6 plugs ?

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/NETDIG9103/Digitus-RJ45RJ11-Crimping-Tool


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  Reply # 2109919 17-Oct-2018 16:30
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The crimping tool is fine.

 

It doesn't matter what wiring standard you use, so long as you are consistent (these days, with GBe Ethernet cards, even that doesn't really matter).


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