[Q] Does the thickness of the PVC jacketing have any bearing on assembling CAT 6 Cable?
[A] When assembling your own CAT 6 Cables, it is important to use matching components to ensure that your cables will be made correctly, and operate within the required specifications.
Many people have tried using standard CAT 5E RJ45 Plugs to assemble their CAT 6 Cables, but have run into difficulties getting the cables to assemble properly. They find in many cases that the cable will not fit and crimp correctly within the Plug.
This may have a lot to do with the thivkness of the PVC jacketing, and the gauge of the wire. The thicker jacketing found on much of the CAT 6 Cable raw material is too thick, and will not work without the use of special components.
There are many brands of CAT 6 cable on the market that have a lighter thickness of jacket that will work with the standard connectors, but even this assembly will not result in a compliant cable when assembled.
Your best bet is to use matching components. The cost of CAT 6 compliant RJ45 connectors is much higher than standard CAT 5E rated plugs, but the fit, finish and performance results are well worth the extra money spent.
This is on area that you do not want to skimp on your spending. Get the right cmponents and do the job right. As always, if your have doubts about what your are planning for your project, give us a call at 501-944-2840, or consult with a trusted local professional.
5 Cable Company sells CAT 6, CAT 5E, and CAT 5 Patch and Crossover cables in 9 colors, custom fit to any length up to 328 feet.
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