All Ethernet cable must be terminated at both ends. We typically use a RJ45 connector to terminate these ends.
Selecting the correct connector for your Ethernet data cable is entirely dependent upon the type and construction of the cable to be run. Technically, Category has nothing to do with it. It is all about fitment. Information is half the battle in the quest for success, and this can be a bit tricky. Let’s get fitted!
There are two common sizes for RJ45 connectors. There are solid and stranded wires. Each connector has an adjustable strain latch, making them suitable for both types of cable. The crimping tools are designed to fit the different sizes. The current standard allows wires from 22 to 28 AWG for Cat6 and Cat6a applications. It is also compatible with PoE. Lastly, the RJ45 is now available in 40 gigabit per second for 30 meters.
Many people are confused about how to use an RJ45 Metal Shield Connector for Category 6 C. The RJ45 has the same colors as the standard ethernet cable, but it is also more robust than Cat5e. The biggest difference between the two is the size of the insulator. While Cat5e has a maximum OD of 0.275 inches, Cat6 enables you to connect cables with an OD of 0.041 inches.