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Need a little help here:

I just bought a 100ft RJ45 Cat 6 cable that I have planned to use Monday for an office that I'm going to service. My plan is to cut the cable and make 5 more on the spot (I need 6 cables).
My confusion is that I don't know if I need to buy a different, Cat 6 connector/plug in order to be compatible, or if I can use previous Cat 5e plugs on a Cat 6 cable.

Is there a performance drop from using a Cat 6 cable with Cat 5e connectors, or are they actually the same plug?
Should I, instead, buy a 100ft Cat 5e cable and use that one with the connectors? I already bought the Cat 6 cable, so I'm not sure.


I know how to build them, just that I'm puzzled as to which connector I should use.
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post #2 of 5
AFAIK they'll use the same connector.

I have about a dozen 150' bundles of CAT-6 at work that I use for various things, and I've always made my own custom-length cables using the same RJ-45 connector as I do with a CAT-5 and never had an issue. I suppose they might make gold plated contacts for them, but physically there's no difference.

Just my 2c worth...hope it helps,

Rich
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post #3 of 5
i agree they are the same connectors basically, and yeah maybe some cat 6 connectors use a higher quality materiel for the pins.. but mine look the same as my cat 5e connectors on pre-made cables and not cheap cables either smile.gif
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post #4 of 5
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Allrighty, I'll use normal Cat 5e plugs if it's compatible without performance drops.
+REP yous. thumb.gif
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Source for cables (I seem to think good prices, let me get a proper link)My local retail shop specializes in cables so I tend to buy from him rather that mail away or make my own.There is a bit of data (I made a joke)on data cables here,perhaps it is helpful.
http://bluejeancable.com/store/data-cables/index.htm
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