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Difference in cheap RJ45 ends vs name brand

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Just thought I'd shed some light on the difference in quality between a name brand (startech) RJ45 modular plug vs an eBay chinese knock-off. The eBay bag of 100 cost me $3.65 while a 50 pack of StarTech ends costs around $9.



I was bending the contacts when crimping and wondered if my crimpers were going bad. A closer look revealed a duller, shorter, and thinner contact.

Will I still buy $4 HDMI cables from monoprice instead of $40 monster cables? Heck yeah. Will I buy cheap-O RJ45 ends again? Nope.

Some things are clearly worth the extra cash.

BTW same thing goes for the Cat5 cable. Buy a 1000' spool on ebay for $40 and you're getting CCA (copper clad aluminum) aka junk vs pure solid copper which should run you around $150 for 1000'.

Hope this was helpful to some.
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small differences in the quality of gold perhaps, but not much, I do however recommend making sure they have holes at the end so you can pass the wires threw and clip them later.. otherwise its a pain..
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like this...


yea.. too cheap is never good
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small differences in the quality of gold perhaps, but not much, I do however recommend making sure they have holes at the end so you can pass the wires threw and clip them later.. otherwise its a pain..

Those cost an arm and a leg and are mostly for beginners who can't get the cables to go the entire way into their channel.
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there worth it, and im far from a beginner. smarter.. not harder. paid 15$ for 30 of them... little bit more, but worth it to make sure you have a good solid connection

but yea.. I do agree... too cheap is no good

however I guess if you do it for a living that adds up big time.. you have a point.

for small projects like wiring a home tho and if your not a pro I love them.. ive used both kinds.
Edited by GregoryD - 4/23/14 at 4:16pm
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hey, I got a question and you seem to know ur stuff. I used CAT5 for my home in a Gbit setup which worked perfect as all lengths were 100' or less,but I had once a while ago very very nice cable, it was multi stranded copper, each channel twisted and separated by a sheath inside that looked like a + (plus sign) if looked at from the top.. do you know who makes it????

I believe it was cat6 but wondering if theres any cat5 like it
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hey, I got a question and you seem to know ur stuff. I used CAT5 for my home in a Gbit setup which worked perfect as all lengths were 100' or less,but I had once a while ago very very nice cable, it was multi stranded copper, each channel twisted and separated by a sheath inside that looked like a + (plus sign) if looked at from the top.. do you know who makes it????

I believe it was cat6 but wondering if theres any cat5 like it

Thats the "spline" inside cat 6 cable to help separate the pairs for better cross-talk avoidance. For residential stuff you probably don't need cat 6. Just get high quality solid copper cat5e. Cat 5e is more than capable of gigabit speeds and I don't see 10gig ethernet in homes anytime soon. You also don't want to run stranded cable in the walls of your house. Strand should only be used on cables with a lot of movement, like a robotic arm or something like that. Stick to solid, it's a better conductor for data.
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The passthrough ones seem to be worth the extra money. They allow you to get the tightest crimp and increase your NEXT headroom.
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