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  • Very low-cost way to join Cat5 cables

    posted by EM745 on 08/18/2007
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    Very cheap ($), seems well-made enough.

    Cons:

    The contact pins aren't gold-plated. And since most RJ-45 plugs have plated contacts, this opens up the possibility of galvanic corrosion (key word: POSSIBILITY), which might lead to signal degradation.

    OtherThoughts:

    I've seen similar couplers in stores selling for *MANY* times more, though these were "Cat 5" rated and had plated contacts. I wonder whether these will work reliably in a gigabit/Cat6 setup.

    Bottomline:

    While I recommend these (especially given the asking price), I'd be wary about using them in the long-term, especially in humid environments, and/or with very long (combined) cable runs.

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