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Shielded rj45 vs unshielded rj45?

post #1 of 5
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I'm just wondering if it is worth it to buy the shielded rj45 connectors over regular rj45 connectors.
I already made some cables with the shielded ones and noticed it looked nicer and felt better, but will I really need it for 1Gb?
Are they even needed for 10Gb? When are they needed? Can any rj45 connector work with every cat type?

Thanks,
Higgins909
post #2 of 5
RJ45 is the standard connector head for all CAT cable, the only time shielded is needed or helpful is if it will be going a super far distance with alot of crossing wires and signals that would damage/distort the packets being sent through the wire. If it is just for stuff throughout your house or apartment unshielded should do you just fine generally. If you notice packet loss and such within the cables it might be interference or the cable doesnt have enough power to it. normally it doesnt matter till you get too 100+ feet of cable though. hope this helps
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I recently repaired a 25' Cat 6 shielded cable using an unshielded connector (it was all I had on hand) and haven't had any problems so far.
     
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Shielded connectors are a waste of money. There shouldn't be any signal degradation that close to your endpoints anyway. Shielded cable is really only good for commercial, or if you have a large trunk of wires in one spot. Like a wiring closet with more then 8-10 drops in a bundle of cable.
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STP is only required if you plan to run a wire somewhere where there is a lot of magnetic or electrical interference such as a large fluorescent light bulbs (running the wire through the ceiling) or something like that.

keep in mind, it doesn't really effect the distance at which the wire can carry the signal, or the bandwidth of the wire by much. it just prevents outside interference mostly
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