[SOLVED] RJ45 Passtrhough Connectors do not lock into sockets

tomreedtoon

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I'm having problems with the Cat 6 cables I'm making with passthrough connectors. They're convenient because I can check that the wire order is correct, when I often blew it when using closed connectors. But the passthrough connectors don't lock into the sockets. They fall out with the slightest tug. Is there a brand, or supplier of passthrough connectors, that will stay in the blasted socket? Or am I not trimming the wires closely enough after crimping the connector or something? (I feel embarrassed that no one ever asked a similar question in the forums. Is everybody else rich and just go out and buy commercially made cables?)
 
I pretty much only use premade cables unless I need a special length. I suspect you are damaging the small plastic tab that hold the plug in place when you are crimping them. I have found some brands of even the closed ones are more susceptible to the tab getting flattened. I always thought it was the cheap tools but a couple I made with a expensive profession crimper did the same thine on certain plugs. I suspect this is a you get what you pay for but I have found no way to tell even looking at them. You can tell if you can touch them though.

You might be able to just bend it back out a bit. Not sure if there are actual brands on these things. The small number of branded ones are extremely expensive, you mess it up a couple times and you would be better off buying a commercial cable.

Making cables is purely a practice thing. You can actually feel when you have the wires seated properly on the closed end plugs.
 
I pretty much only use premade cables unless I need a special length. I suspect you are damaging the small plastic tab that hold the plug in place when you are crimping them. I have found some brands of even the closed ones are more susceptible to the tab getting flattened. I always thought it was the cheap tools but a couple I made with a expensive profession crimper did the same thine on certain plugs. I suspect this is a you get what you pay for but I have found no way to tell even looking at them. You can tell if you can touch them though.

You might be able to just bend it back out a bit. Not sure if there are actual brands on these things. The small number of branded ones are extremely expensive, you mess it up a couple times and you would be better off buying a commercial cable.

Making cables is purely a practice thing. You can actually feel when you have the wires seated properly on the closed end plugs.
 

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You have to be very careful not to flatten the tab while crimping. You just have to be very very careful with those tabs. I use a razor blade to trim the ends when I'm done.

Personally, I prefer to do as much punch panels as possible in my house. Then use commercially made cables from the walls to my equipment. But there are times when i make my own cat6 23awg cables for really long lengths.
 

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