Sure you have the correct die for the specific cable and connectors
you're using? They're _very_ specific and dependent on precisely the
correct dimensions of each constituent component--lead, shield, jacket
diameters. Also, making the cuts and strips accurately is important.
For more than just one or two, the time/effort saved for the tool is
worth the investment imo.
What, specifically kinds of problem(s) are you having?
I have a pair of Ideal Telemaster pliers #30-496. They are made for cat 5
and telco cables, a different area for each type of connector. I'm using
Tripp-Lite connectors. Maybe it's age, but trying to see if each of the 8
conductors is properly aligned inside of the cat 5 connector is tough. I am
having problems after the crimp, sometimes I have a shorted pair or a
crossed pair. I'm testing using a Linkmaster, also from Ideal. I am
installing a whole house audio system, and the cabling to the keypads uses
cat 5. My batting average is about .400 in getting good crimped connectors.
I'm also trying to run cat 5 to various rooms from a wired router, using
wall jacks in each room. I need to attach a connector for each room run.
NO! This ^^^^ is PART of the problem, the crimper.
Go to the Leviton, Siemon,other cabling,etc sites and they will explain how it
SHOULD be done. Think punch down. Ceimped connectors are for patch cables.
So in other words DO YOUR RESEARCH! There are also group that are dedicated
Tekkie Don\'t bother to thank me, I do this as a public service.
More importantly, make sure any CAT 5 or 6 you use in a home is plenum
rated, even if the building code doesn't require it. Your family's
safety requires it. Don't be tempted by the sometimes significant cost
how about answering the question, whether or not you think it's stupid?
BTW, my understanding is that plenum cable doesn't ignite as easily, but
has worse fumes once it does ignite, so it's not a trivial issue.
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None of which has any bearing on the question of just what it is about
CAT-5 cable that is so prone to needing a plenum fire rating for a
residence where nothing else is going to be, anyway. I presume the high
data rate is likely to generate sufficient friction within the
conductors as to cause salty to be worried self-ignition?
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