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 Question by Gordon Pullen posted 15 Sep 2005
 Cat6 terminations
Hey Joseph, I understand that you recommend cables to be terminated on the jacks at the workstation and terminated at a patch panel at the closet end. Should I presume that terminating the cables with regular rj45s will not test out to cat6 specs?
 Answer by Joseph Golan posted 15 Sep 2005
Dear Gordon,

"Will not" are big words. Manufacturers have designed male 8 pin modular plugs to work better with category 6 that are different then the previous style used with category 5e. They new plugs improves crosstalk and related performance criteria.
This does not mean that installing an older plug on category 6 cable will not pass a category 6 test but using the correct components and installation methods improves the headroom above a minimally complient link.

As I mentioned in the previous post, there are other reasons for this recommendation.

It doesn't stop you from doing so, and even passing a test to category 6 permanent link standards. But the use of "plugged" cable is not part of the standards except for equipment cables.
Joseph Golan, RCDD

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