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Do you have any tutorials on how to put new shielded Ethernet plugs on the ends of cable? I bought a 100’ long shielded Ethernet cable, but taking it in and out of my laptop made the plug break after a while. It’s too expensive to keep buying new 100’

Felicia Hobert 6 months ago • updated by poplar green 6 months ago 2

Do you have any tutorials on how to put new shielded Ethernet plugs on the ends of cable? I bought a 100’ long shielded Ethernet cable, but taking it in and out of my laptop made the plug break after a while. It’s too expensive to keep buying new 100’ cables, and its wasteful.  I know there are YouTube videos out there, but as we know, many ppl do things wrong and then EMFs are created.  Can u point me to a safe tutorial?  Thanks.  I bought the shielded metal ends from our local Microcenter store in MN.

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The problem with the ends is that, especially with shielded cable, they are rather picky.  Certain ends work well with certain wires, and not with others.  Some ends are designed for stranded wire, such as the wire in our cables, and other ends are designed for solid wire.  In addition to that, you need the tools - a good crimper - and there is usually a learning curve associated with properly terminating RJ-45 connectors.  Shielded cable is even tougher to terminate properly and make sure you have good connections with the data conductors and also the shielding.

My recommendation to avoid wearing out of the ends would be to get one of our shielded couplers here: https://www.stetzerizer-us.com/Cat6A-Premium-Shielded-Ethernet-Coupler_p_163.html

Then use a shorter length cord for the frequent plugging in/out of the cable.  I mean we haven't had anyone else experience a cable wear-out that I know of, but this would be the solution to avoid such a scenario.  I would recommend doing this and forget about trying to terminate your own ends on there as it would probably be very difficult to achieve.

We don't have any videos on this, but no doubt there are countless videos on RJ-45 termination on the Internet.  I don't know how many would involve shielded wiring though.

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The problem with the ends is that, especially with shielded cable, they are rather picky.  Certain ends work well with certain wires, and not with others.  Some ends are designed for stranded wire, such as the wire in our cables, and other ends are designed for solid wire.  In addition to that, you need the tools - a good crimper - and there is usually a learning curve associated with properly terminating RJ-45 connectors.  Shielded cable is even tougher to terminate properly and make sure you have good connections with the data conductors and also the shielding.

My recommendation to avoid wearing out of the ends would be to get one of our shielded couplers here: https://www.stetzerizer-us.com/Cat6A-Premium-Shielded-Ethernet-Coupler_p_163.html

Then use a shorter length cord for the frequent plugging in/out of the cable.  I mean we haven't had anyone else experience a cable wear-out that I know of, but this would be the solution to avoid such a scenario.  I would recommend doing this and forget about trying to terminate your own ends on there as it would probably be very difficult to achieve.

We don't have any videos on this, but no doubt there are countless videos on RJ-45 termination on the Internet.  I don't know how many would involve shielded wiring though.

thank you for the reply.  I heard that adding a coupler will make the connection slow, especially with the lengths of cable we’re using...one is 75’, and the other is 100’.  What do you think?  Thanks for the details regarding the types of ends needed to work your shielded cable.