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Should I use shielded plug with non-shielded ethernet cable?

by alexh0101 / September 27, 2014 4:42 AM PDT

I'm looking to make my own ethernet cables in my home. I will be buying non-shielded Cat5e Ethernet cable and I have to choose the RJ45 plugs.

Should I buy shielded plugs?

I am concerned with electromagnetic radiation at home and would like to reduce them as much as I can.

Or should I buy shielded ethernet cables?

Thanks in advance

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Clarification Request
Are you already experienced with using a crimp tool?
by Steven Haninger / September 27, 2014 5:36 AM PDT

If you're new to this, I'd master the basics first. There are different types of plugs and ways to insert the wires. Take it from a person who made many a bad cable early on.

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Since I can't measure any difference.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 27, 2014 4:54 AM PDT

I think this is a case of where you should go with what makes you feel better.

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new to crimp tool
by alexh0101 / September 27, 2014 10:03 PM PDT

Hi there,
Thanks for your response. I am new to this and I will be learning to use the crimp tool. I will probably get it wrong many times, but I have a RJ45 tester so eventually I will be able to make a good ethernet cable.

I will be using cat5e cables because they are slimmer and easier to fit in the walls in my home.
Also it will just be a 200Mbps home broadband connection so I don't need something overly sophisticated.

Thanks in advance

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In that case, it makes little sense to put
by Steven Haninger / October 2, 2014 7:54 AM PDT
In reply to: new to crimp tool

shielded connectors on cable without shielding. You'll get no benefit and they could be harder to work with. Unless you're running something like a microwave relay station at your home, you should be fine without shielding. Just follow common sense when routing them

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