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    Who makes good quality RJ45 Network sockets please?

    Hi all

    Need to lay a few CAT5 cables and though I'd put RJ45 Network sockets on walls

    What brands are best please?

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    Re: Who makes good quality RJ45 Network sockets please?

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    Re: Who makes good quality RJ45 Network sockets please?

    logging into the thread as looking to do a similar thing in the next few months. I don't think the brand of housing matters so much as the quality of the cable termination, but be good to know if there is a particular brand to go for/avoid.

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    Re: Who makes good quality RJ45 Network sockets please?

    Quote Originally Posted by ik9000 View Post
    logging into the thread as looking to do a similar thing in the next few months. I don't think the brand of housing matters so much as the quality of the cable termination, but be good to know if there is a particular brand to go for/avoid.
    oh I bet there are some horrors out there ik... I bet there's some utter dross and a few beauties.

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    Re: Who makes good quality RJ45 Network sockets please?

    Well as NetStore Direct seems to be rated by a few Hexites, I bought the ones they sell which seem to be Connectix. Yet to install so can't tell you what they are like unfortunately! Ended up buying a couple of loaded faceplates and will swap around a couple of modules for other things as that worked out the best price, eg: http://www.netstoredirect.com/cat6-m...aceplates.html

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    Re: Who makes good quality RJ45 Network sockets please?

    We used the LAP stuff from Screwfix before for the new office and these were quite decent compared to the ones we got from Newey & Eyre.

    I'd avoid Maplin stuff like the plague, any networking connectors I got from there have been pants.

    We've had networking cables from this company that were generally good quality: https://www.comms-express.com/ - I just don't know how good the faceplates and modules are.

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    Re: Who makes good quality RJ45 Network sockets please?

    I did my house out in Varilight gear (modular datagrid with Cat 6 RJ45 modules) about 5 years ago. 30+ points have been fine, but there's not much that can really go wrong with the sockets (unless you get dust in the spring loaded flap, so leave a couple of inches on your cable in case you want to swap out for a clean one).

    Edit: and just reminded by the post above, added a couple of LAP branded modules in the cellar and they have been fine as well.

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    Re: Who makes good quality RJ45 Network sockets please?

    Brushed steel plus grey Cat6 euro modules FTW https://www.electricalcounter.co.uk/

    It's what I've flood wired my house with.

    I would seriously consider going Cat6 rather than Cat5 if you've not bought anything yet. Cabling will probably be in your house for more than 20 years. We've been at 1 GbE for at least 15 years now. Price difference is tiny. Cat6 can support 10 GbE over short (40-55 meter max) lengths.

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    CAT 6 noted and duly agreed with

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    Re: Who makes good quality RJ45 Network sockets please?

    /stupid question.

    Do I need to look for CAT6 sockets?

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    Re: Who makes good quality RJ45 Network sockets please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33 View Post
    /stupid question.

    Do I need to look for CAT6 sockets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by badass View Post
    Brushed steel plus grey Cat6 euro modules FTW https://www.electricalcounter.co.uk/

    It's what I've flood wired my house with.

    I would seriously consider going Cat6 rather than Cat5 if you've not bought anything yet. Cabling will probably be in your house for more than 20 years. We've been at 1 GbE for at least 15 years now. Price difference is tiny. Cat6 can support 10 GbE over short (40-55 meter max) lengths.

    I bought most of my stuff from the electrical counter. No issues.
    I ended up going cat7 as it was £50 for a 100mtr drum, 23 gauge as well, I am happy with the quality (german)

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    First check they are not made of cheese and then proceed from there.
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    Re: Who makes good quality RJ45 Network sockets please?

    I've only ever had average results with the white box sockets myself. I much prefer using keystones and blank panels. Best keystones I ever used were tool-less 3M ones, not sure you can fit them into the typical white box though!

    If you do get punch down ones, spend a few extra quid on a tool rather than the £2 pap.
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    Re: Who makes good quality RJ45 Network sockets please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit View Post
    I've only ever had average results with the white box sockets myself. I much prefer using keystones and black panels. Best keystones I ever used were tool-less 3M ones, not sure you can fit them into the typical white box though!

    If you do get punch down ones, spend a few extra quid on a tool rather than the £2 pap.
    Yes, Id agree with that - after all, if you have gone to the effort of installing good quality cable, observing the minimum bend radius to get optimum performance, and installed 10Gb NIC and other 10Gb infrastructure items, there is no point in skimping on the connectors. (And even if yu haven't installed a 10Gb infrastructure, if you are installing Cat6/Cat6a/Cat7, presumably you are intending to in future - or you have very long cable runs and need to squeeze optimum performance out of it)
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    Re: Who makes good quality RJ45 Network sockets please?

    I hooked Zak up with my secret source of TUK tool-less keystones



    fingers crossed I stopped him buying stranded CCA cable

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