Attention: The forums will be placed on read only mode this Saturday (Oct. 20, 2018)

During this outage (6:30 AM to 8 PM PDT) the forums will be placed on read only mode. We apologize for this inconvenience. Click here to read details

Networking & Wireless forum


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

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Should I use shielded plug with non-shielded ethernet cable?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Should I use shielded plug with non-shielded ethernet cable?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
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.

All Answers

Collapse -
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.

Collapse -
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

Collapse -
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

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Your favorite shows are back!

Don’t miss your dramas, sitcoms and reality shows. Find out when and where they’re airing!