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Monoprice Cat6A Ethernet Patch Cable - Snagless RJ45, Stranded, 550Mhz, STP, Pure Bare Copper Wire, 10G, 26AWG, 10ft, B...
Monoprice Cat5e Ethernet Patch Cable - Snagless RJ45, Stranded, 350Mhz, STP, Pure Bare Copper Wire, 24AWG, 7ft, Gray
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PROS: They look like good ends
CONS: They aren't good ends
PROS: They look nice, crimped without issue
CONS: They will not lock in anything, including monoprice's own RJ45 female keystones, multiple NIC's, and multiple switches.
PROS: After you spend 10 minutes trying to get leads in proper order, anger is replaced with relief..that is until the next one.
CONS: Not to be used with PID 2271 in my opinion, way too difficult to use.
The "Installation guide" on this web page (http://www.monoprice.com/manual/How%20to%20-%20crimp%20RJ45%20w%20inserts.pdf) with this product shows the use of an insert. So silly me, I thought these would come with an insert, but they do not. Instead these are supposed to be "insertless." Trying to make cat6 cables without inserts is a real pain and I wish I never bought these and will likely throw them into the trash.
CONS: No inserts make these almost impossible to use.
PROS: Much cheaper cost than anywhere else and they do job and do it very well.
Below are a couple of tips for helping terminate 25-23AWG cable with this plug:
- When stripping the cable, measure the plug length to the cable then take back that length about a cm to leave a little more room. This is especially important if you are terminating shielded cable that is generally a little wider in overall diameter.
- If you are terminating 6A most of the time the cable itself will be too large to fit inside the connector. Some have had complaints about this and I'm not quite sure why. It will not fit and that's obvious, to remain shielded and grounded make sure that the ground lead is inserted into the plug and in a position that it will end up crimped and secured when you're read to make the crimp
- Make sure your wires are absolutely straight!!! Yes this is a pain, yes your fingers and thumbs will probably hurt after you're done, but the pay off should be worth it.
- This is a staggered plug so when you're inserting the wires be sure to pay attention to the orientation of the wires. This is where the extra length can help and hurt you. Too long and you might crush and bend one of the wires, too short and you're not going to make it to the contacts at the end for the plug. Again, just take your time and you'll get the hang of it.
- If you're worried about aesthetics do yourself a favor and buy some cable boots.
- Practice practice practice. Seriously though, they are $0.11 a piece so don't be afraid to waste a few to get the hang of it.
Monoprice, if you're reading this please note that a loading bar would be helpful to include with this plug. Some of the issues that others have noted could be eased if there was a loading bar included.
6 months ago
PROS: -Wires stay in place
-All cables registering Gigabit Speed so far (using STP Cat6 from Monoprice)
CONS: -Need to make one with Inserts
-after crimping, it looks like the brass crimp that goes into the wires may slide, but I have yet to run into one
1 year ago
If your used to making cables these plugs won't be a big problem. I have made about 30 cables so far with these plugs and it only takes me a minute or so to create each. However, I have had some less experienced people try to make some cables and they really struggled.
PROS: Shielded plugs
CONS: No inserts
CONS: Is only good for a desk ornament