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    After a rj45 crimping tool, but there are so many brands on amazon and having reviewed in the past on amazon I know a lot of the reviews are bollocks.

    I know a lot of you guys are in networking so hoping someone here could help me out. Any good brands you recommend?

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    Default Re: Rj45 crimping tool

    If your using one for work then go with a Knipex.

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    If your doing networking and terminations of Rj45/11 etc day in day out for a living or the company are paying, and no expense spared then definately go for the Knipex, they are the dogs and they should be, Knipex are about the most expensive tools a going ! If your making the odd termination here and there and your paying then a crimping tool costing no more than 20 will be just fine, while your at it get yourself a network tester, plug in either end of your cable and watch all the lights and know its ok end to end, only a fiver !! in fact you can get the crimper with it for a tenner on flea bay

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    These Knippex knock offs get good reviews.

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    Platinum Connector - pass through RJ45 professional heavy duty crimp tool (Internet network connector crimper) [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    What do you think of these.... Pass through type. Looks like it will make putting the cable in a lot easier

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    Knipex rule. Don’t skimp on tools, ever.

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    Default Re: Rj45 crimping tool

    Based on all your recommendations I've purchased a pair of knipex. Cheers all!

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    Default Re: Rj45 crimping tool

    Also when you buy cable get cat6 and RJ45 Cat6 8P8C Network Modular Connector Plug they are so much easier to work with

    they come in two bits allowing you to sort out cables before putting in to the plug

    feed all the wires in to the small guide first then in to the plug saves trying to feed them in to the plug crimp then notice one is out or in wrong order and you have to cut and start again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TotallyRandom View Post
    Also when you buy cable get cat6 and RJ45 Cat6 8P8C Network Modular Connector Plug they are so much easier to work with

    they come in two bits allowing you to sort out cables before putting in to the plug

    feed all the wires in to the small guide first then in to the plug saves trying to feed them in to the plug crimp then notice one is out or in wrong order and you have to cut and start again.

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    Cracking advice. Cheers mate

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    Default Re: Rj45 crimping tool

    Quote Originally Posted by TotallyRandom View Post
    Also when you buy cable get cat6 and RJ45 Cat6 8P8C Network Modular Connector Plug they are so much easier to work with

    they come in two bits allowing you to sort out cables before putting in to the plug

    feed all the wires in to the small guide first then in to the plug saves trying to feed them in to the plug crimp then notice one is out or in wrong order and you have to cut and start again.

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    Ooooh fuck no. I tried them once and could not for the life of me get on with them. I have way more success with the regular ones, and to me they are quicker as well.

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    Default Re: Rj45 crimping tool

    I bought one of these years ago for less than a tenner and it's still working fine now after hundreds of cables:

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    Default Re: Rj45 crimping tool

    Now that I have all the tools. Standard crimper and standard rj45 plugs. I have been having a practice. What's the best way to keep the cable strands straight and in sequence when being inserted into the plug? Out of 4 terminations last night only 1 actually worked. Very fiddly!

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    Default Re: Rj45 crimping tool

    Quote Originally Posted by CallmeGoose View Post
    Now that I have all the tools. Standard crimper and standard rj45 plugs. I have been having a practice. What's the best way to keep the cable strands straight and in sequence when being inserted into the plug? Out of 4 terminations last night only 1 actually worked. Very fiddly!

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    It's as fiddly as fuck. Strip the the outer sheathing back by a couple of inches. Sort out the correct sequence and get the strands to sit in place. When your happy that they wont move around, cut them back to the correct size and slide them into the RJ45 plug and crimp away.

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    Default Re: Rj45 crimping tool

    Quote Originally Posted by MHP View Post
    It's as fiddly as fuck. Strip the the outer sheathing back by a couple of inches. Sort out the correct sequence and get the strands to sit in place. When your happy that they wont move around, cut them back to the correct size and slide them into the RJ45 plug and crimp away.
    Yeah that's what I did. Couldn't always get the strands to stay aligned though. Thought there must have been a special trick to it

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    Ok here's my way, not easy to explain in text but here goes ........

    Strip back at least an inch or more of sheafing then unwrap all strands, starting with the order there going into rj45 white/orange give it a pull from the sheafing taking the springyness out of the wire and form it to the left gripping with your thumb and forefinger. repeat procedure with next Orange and place next in line and gripping with said fingers again, start wiggling the two side by side so the form nice straight wires, repeat for the remaining then with them all nice and straight and in the correct order sort of hold them all with your thumb and forefinger just past the sheafing and cut them down with those nice knipex cutters, not to short though, then push them into the rj45 and push on the sheafing so as it goes in enough to be held with the rj45 plugs cable clamp when you crimp.
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    Default Re: Rj45 crimping tool

    It's one of those things that once you got the knack it's easy but takes a while, very important to have good cable too. Been on some jobs were the cable was supplied and they had gone and got the cheapest CCA flimsy cable so was very hard to keep them in order and also sometimes the guage of the cable was smaller so it could slip between sections on the plug. Always get solid copper cable, it costs a bit more but will save grief, I always buy solid core but in some applications stranded may be better for flexibility etc.


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