I set up my home network using modular CAT-5 kit purchased from TLC a
couple of years ago, and I now wish to expand it... However I note
that Screwfix now sell this stuff and as I'm always scrabbling around
to make up my Screwfix orders to the requisite amount to be
carriage-free, I'd rather order the extra bits from them if poss.
I wouldn't risk it otherwise, but does anyone happen to know whether
the Screwfix items (eg ref 15944) are compatible with the TLC stuff
(eg ref CX 402R)? My TLC kit has 'Rainford Plastics' stamped inside
in case that helps).
If you are asking are they technically compatible then the answer is almost
certainly yes, especially if you are not running anything more than 100Mbps
Ethernet over the components.
The one thing I can't guarantee is that the tool you used to terminate the
wires to the TLC outlets will be compatible with the Screwfix outlets. How
much is the tool for the Screwfix outlets? If it's relatively cheap then buy
it as well.
You have two chances of the module for one type fitting the face plate
of another - slim and fat! ;-)
Just to make the decision making process harder still I have noticed
that Solwise do modular stuff reasonable prices. See
They do have very reasonable prices. I just bought one of our lads a new
LAN tester kit and it cost about a third more than the one on their site,
excluding the VAT. It's identical except for the red and blue buttons, the
buttons on this one here are orange and green. BUGGER !!!
Thanks for the link John. :-)
Damnit - back to TLC it is then! You'd think the mfrs would have come
up with a standard for something as simple as this, wouldn't you?
Imagine the nightmare if, say, electric plug faceplates and mounting
boxes were all specific to their respective manufacturers.
Mm, true - personally, I never use surface mounted stuff. I was
really envisaging the scenario of approaching, say, a faulty flush
mounted socket to replace it, and having to worry about faceplate
size, hole positions and screw threads. Which is analagous to my
wanting to replace modular RJ45 blanking plates with modules.
Anyway, have already ordered from TLC now (unfortunately the post from
Ian arrived too late!)
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I bought the Screwfix Euromod type a couple of years ago. These are
the ones that are on a 25mmx50mm face and snap into a surrounding
frame, and are the same as the ones on the TLC site using the ref you
In fact, from memory, the Screwfix ones of then (they may have a
different supplier now) look exactly like that pic on the TLC site,
with the little recessed rectangle for a label in the same place, etc.
I used my Screwfix ones in MK Logic Plus faceplates which are nice and
shiny, as opposed to the naff yellow-ish plastic Screwfix frames. I
had no problems fitting them and all the punchdowns worked fine first
So, to answer your question, I think they'll fit just fine.
One word of warning is that the Screwfix ones I bought have a 'tight'
action on the little slide up flap, and aren't generally of great
construction. If you're going to be moving cables around frequently
or relying on more cack handed people to do it for you then a better
quality item might be a wise choice.
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