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    Monoprice 8P8C RJ45 Plug with Inserts for Solid Cat6 Ethernet Cable, 100 pcs/pack
    Product # 7266
    Cable Construction:
    Solid Stranded
    In Stock This item should ship tomorrow (7/23/2018) if ordered within 4 hours 27 minutes

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    What do the "inserters" look like?
    New User U on Jul 27, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: The inserts are a clear plastic rectangle with partitions cut out for the wires to feed through. I have included a link to a how to manual with visual representations. I hope this helps.
    What gauge wire will these inserts take?
    A shopper on Aug 2, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: 23 and 24 gauge. I had zero issues with the bigger gauge.
    1) Will this plug work with 23AWG CAT6 shielded cable like this -- https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=13561 ?
    2) Can you recommended a shielded plug version for the same cable?
    Michael H on Sep 26, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Not really. The opening is slightly too small and the cable jacket needs to be stripped past the depth of the plug. It should go in past the opening so the plug grips the cable jacket. See picture of item 13401 for how it should look: https://images.monoprice.com/productlargeimages/134011.jpg
    I don't think there's any audio attached to the tutorial video above?
    A shopper on Aug 11, 2017
    The Cat6 plugs I have used in the past have the inserts but only to assist with wire alignment because the plug itself offsets the incoming wires rather than Cat5/5e where the incoming wires are all next to each other. I cannot tell from the picture, are the holes for the incoming wires (in the plug) offset or adjacent to each other?
    A shopper on Jan 9, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: The insert does offset the wires and is fully seated to the bottom of the plug, you have a raised point on the insert and you place it up when inserting the wires, the solid wire will come out of the top holes and the white/stripe wires out of the bottom. Trim the wires as close as you can get them and fully seat the insert into the plug. I almost always hear a nice click when fully seated. Then crimp. If your CAT6 has the spline try to pull a half inch out of the jacket. it helps with plug seating on the cable.
    are the network cable plugs 8p8c rj45 made for wire to pass through and then trim of the excess?
    KURT D on Nov 18, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: No. These are typical Ethernet connectors that have the wire slid down specific groves. Then stop on the inside.
    3.6 / 5.0
    242 Reviews
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    Works Fine, But You Need To Know The Tricks
    First one took me over a half hour and didn't work. Second one took 20 minutes, worked, but was sloppy. Then I learned the tricks and from then on they took less than 5 minutes, all worked and were neat.
    Tools: Have a small pair of needle nose pliers, a small pair of wire cutters, and either an inexpensive loupe or a magnifying glass. Don't even think about crimping with anything other than a crimping tool made for ethernet wiring.
    1. Strip the outside jacket but leave at least 1 1/4" or 1 1/2", not the 1" the instructions say.
    2. Untwist the wire pairs, cut off the spleen or paper insert, and rotate the cable in your hand so that the wires are in about the same order as they will need to be inserted. This is important.
    3. Note that the third picture in the instructions is WRONG - the lip is at the BOTTOM for the wire numbers to be as pictured. Holding the cable pointed forward, the lip of the connector will be pointing upward and closest to your body.
    4. Put the first wire longwise (parallel) in the needle nose pliers and press softly multiple times all the way around so the wire will be straight and smooth. Bend it back toward your body from where it comes out of the jacket, and aim the other end to the lower left corner of the connector. You will find that you hit it and it goes right in without even looking inside - pull it through as far as you easily can - as long as a good amount is sticking out you will be fine. Do the same thing with the second wire, aiming for the upper left corner but sliding along the first wire. You will again find that it is easy to make a good shot. Now you see how it is easy as long as the wires are in roughly the same order as they will be inserted and you have enough length to maneuver easily.
    5. After 3 or 4 of the wires have been inserted, check with the magnifier that you haven't skipped any holes (as long as you aim where you want to be and slide along next to the previous wire, you will virtually never miss.
    6. After all wires are inserted, final check again with the magnifier.
    7. Grasp the connector tightly with your hand and with your needle nose pliers grab all of the wires sticking out of the connector at the same time and pull. You can easily pull any individual wire that is not sticking out as far as the others. Try to get the connector as far down close to the jacket as you can, but don't be crazy about it - if you get within 1/4" or so that will be fine.
    8. Now that you have all the wires sticking out of the connector as far as you could pull them, and all are about the same length, take your wire cutters and cut them all at once, flush with the end of the connector farthest from your body.
    9. Rotate the jacket 180 degrees, slip on the shell, crimp it, and you're done. The shell is extra long, so even though the connector was probably 1/4" or so from the jacket, it will still be fine.
    10. Smile and be happy - this was really easy and you now have a new skill.

    PROS: Works exactly as it should, and is really easy once you learn the tricks.
    Excellent price.

    CONS: Online instructions have good pictures, but one is not quite right and the the actual instructions need a little help.
    May 29, 2011
    Curious design
    These seem like good CAT6 plugs, but as has been stated in other reviews, they have a curious design for the usual "clamp bar" that impinges on the cable jacket to clamp the plug securely to the cable. Instead of the usual continuous tiny plastic bar (triangular in cross-section) that gets crimped against the cable, in that same place on the plug are just two little plastic bar "pieces," as if the middle 2/3rds of the usual bar was removed.

    Surely there is a good reason for this design change. I want to give the benefit of the doubt. Can a monoprice staff member clue us in as to the reason for this design? The new design definitely holds the plug to the cable less securely. The only reason I can come up with for the new design is, the old design, with the continuous clamp bar, may crush the fatter CAT6 cable just a little too much and impede the signal, maybe similar to the way a sharp kink in your cable can cause issues. But this is just a guess. The little clamp triangles are so tiny and thinly attached that sometimes they almost break off when the plug is crimped.
    March 28, 2016
    Worked Great once I figured out how to use them
    I was used to using the pass through connectors but had trouble finding them so I decided to try these. No instructions were included so I had to experiment a bit. The technique I use is to separate and straighten the wires as normal, put them in the color code order and trim with an anvil cutter to about 1.5 inches. Then slip on the insert while holding the wires flat and in order - reading glasses and plenty of light is a must. All 8 wires should go through easily if you wiggle the insert a tiny bit and your wires are straight enough. Push the insert down to about a 1/2 inch from the wire bundle jacket, verify the wire order again and trim again. Slip on the RJ45 jacket and crimp.

    I can't comment on the durability - as a rule I avoid putting any strain on the wire after it is completed.

    PROS: Easy to keep the wires lined up using the insert. Easy to trim and crimp. Batting 100% so far.

    CONS: No instructions included so some trial and error is required.
    February 25, 2015
    No good
    These plugs come with a bag of inserts but do not work. I was not able to make a working cable with these because the wites do not seat properly in the plug even with the inserts. I have 100 percent success with plugs that have wire channels built into the plug. They also do not hold the sheathing when crimped down.

    CONS: No wire channels built in
    Do not hold sheathing when crimped
    May 9, 2016
    They work, just do not wiggle your cables.
    While these RJ45 plugs work they need to have a stiffer springtab and maybe need to be .001mm bigger or something. If you wiggle the cable while its plugged in it has a chance of dissconnecting. As long as you never wiggle your cables it works fine though.

    PROS: They work, I like the plastic inserts helps ensure proper alignment of the wires.

    CONS: They do not fit firmly in the CAT6 blocks sold by monoprice.
    April 14, 2015
    Modular Insert
    All in all I gave this product a 10 because I did not have a single miswire using any of these ends and they all crimped down perfectly. But I will not be using them again and will be sticking to standard "feed through" RJ45 connectors.

    PROS: Easy to crimp

    CONS: Initial insert would be tough to handle if you were a rookie, getting the alignment right takes patience. Also the plastic alignment would generally need a final "push" inside the modular plug with a flat head screwdriver, which can take up alot of extra time on a large scale job.
    June 20, 2014
    Solid connections
    To be honest, I am a novice. Assembling Cat 6A into these was a pain in the rear! It really had nothing to do with this connector specifically though. I could assemble 20 or more Cat5e RJ45 connectors in the time it takes to do one of these. It has to do with the diagonal loading of CAT6A connections though. They are all that way. Only problem I had with this specific connector was again user error. If you pull the wiring through the sleeve at an angle, or before it is fully straightened out, the wire could pop through the slits of the sleeve designed to allow punchdown of the terminals. If this happens you've ruined your sleeve and should throw it away and start over.
    December 2, 2017
    9 months ago
    Awesome again!!!

    PROS: Way more for for my $$$ than the place I normally had been buying them from
    Great quality

    CONS: None!!!
    June 13, 2012
    Cat6 Plug Solid W/Insert 50U 100pcs/Bag
    These cat6 plugs come with inserts that you push the cables through. This allows you to cut the wires short with wire cutters so the cable casing gets crimped inside the cat6 plug. The reason this is important is because that way you are less likely to have the cables falling out or wires dangling out of the cat6 plugs.

    It doesn't matter what rj-45 plug you use if you do not crimp the cable casing in the rj-45 plug then you may have issue later on. This cat6 plug with insert makes this easy.

    I really like using these cat6 plugs with inserts.

    Step 1:

    Push wires through the insert.

    Step 2:

    Cut excess wires.

    Step 3:

    Push cable with insert in to the cat6 plug.

    Step 4:

    Crimp the cat6 plug. Making sure the cable casing is inside of the cat6 plug.

    PROS: Easy to use

    Faster assembly due to inserts

    Functions properly

    CONS: NA
    June 4, 2015
    Great product for bulk pricing
    I've gone through a bag of these connectors rewiring my entire home and property with CAT6 and wanted to address some of the points mentioned in other reviews. All told, this is the best price you can find for the quality you're going to get. You can spend $4 - $8 more for a similar quantity, but the quality is really negligible unless you require shielding.

    First, the con, which has been mentioned ad nauseum: the retention tab. Yes, out of the bag, these will not "catch." In my experience, this is due to the crimping tool. My Ideal and Belkin crimping tools will always compress the point where the tab meets the body, causing the rest of the tab to sit too low. The Klein tool does it about 2/5 times. The fix? Have a small screwdriver handy, slide it gently under the tab, and rock it up and down a bit to get the tab out from the body of the plug. Out of 100 of these plugs, I only lost 1 tab, so it's not like they're breaking off just as soon as you look at it funny.

    On the plus side, the plastic inserts are a great addition to help organize the strands prior to insertion. While I agree that some of the older style plugs are a bit easier to thread, the nature of network cabling is such that they're going to get thicker as time goes on, which means less room to work with. I found it easiest to ring cut the insulated jacket, use the nylon threading to pull back a sufficient amount of jacket to expose the cables, unravel and straighten them, cut the plastic divider in the cable, organize the cables in the proper order depending on the 568 order you're using, pull them together between your thumb and forefinger, trim them down straight, and slide on the plastic divider/organizer. Once you have the cables where you want them, pull the divider down to the insulation, trim again, insert, and crimp. Admittedly I clipped a lot of crimped ends at first due to failed network throughput tests, but once I got the hang of it, one end-to-end cable took less than 2 minutes.

    One other note worth mentioned, I WAS able to make these work with stranded cable, but you can't use them in high-tension situations (i.e. tight cable management), as the ends do tend to wiggle. For little jumper cables (3 ft.) and repairing ends of existing CAT5E cables, these do the job.

    All in all, these are worth the money.

    PROS: Plastic threading inserts for pre-crimp cable stacking

    Cable retention tab compatible with Ideal, Klein, and Belkin crimping tools

    Also works with stranded cable

    CONS: Retention clip/tab has to be extended slightly to "catch"
    January 20, 2015