Rated 2.2 out of 5 by 15
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Cruiszr Caution about cat5 wiring.
The product is not wired for the standard US color coded wiring for cat5. All wires are a different color and do not match the orange/green/blue/brown colors with and without stripes. Tried getting info off of HD website with out any luck. Thanks to a previous reviewer they had figured out the color matching and posted it in their review. With this information I was able to wire the connection properly.
December 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by William Works great
Works great and is easy to install and connect. Wiring diagrams provided for connection of CAT5. One drawback is that there are no wiring diagrams for the RJ11 connector with CAT5 wiring. Make sure you know which wires to use before connecting for phone line.
March 29, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by gre1 Just What I Was Looking For
I installed five of these plates in my home network and I have been very happy with them. I have not rated this product higher because of the quality issues mentioned below, but I like the simplicity and reliability of the screw-down terminals, especially for the four-conductor telephone cabling throughout my home. The labeling for phone and computer on the face plate is a nice touch and the plate color (white) matched my other plates. A few miscellaneous comments:
As mentioned by other reviewers, this product comes with no instructions at all and the “color-coded terminals for simple wiring” used on the plate do not match standard CAT5 conductor colors. Without the wiring instructions posted by a previous reviewer or an Ethernet cable tester, this product is mostly useless. However, with the instructions, I had no problem connecting these plates to my network. I will post the instructions too, just in case.
The screw terminal wells on the back of the plate have a small relief notch to accept the lead you are attaching. A little more patience and effort is required to use all of these notches but if they are not used the cable lead being attached can get pinched between the screw and the screw well and this can damage or cut your wire. Don’t ask me how I know this. Using the relief gaps also helps to arrange and spread your conductors in an orderly manner. Be sure to remove enough of the cable jacket to allow the conductors to be arranged accordingly.
About one quarter of the jacks on the plates I purchased were very stiff (phone jacks and computer jacks). That is, they did not readily grab the plug and click in. At first I thought the jack was faulty, the fit felt very sloppy. An extra measure of force was required to initially seat the connection. After that, the plugs and jacks seamed to seat properly with a familiar click.
Here are the wiring instructions from a previous reviewer. I printed the instructions, laminated them with clear tape and left them in the electrical box for the next smuck who comes along to work on the plate. Good luck!
Wiring instructions: Start with the blue wire on the plate and go
clockwise (1 – 8) in the following order: Orange/White, Orange,
Green/White, Blue, Blue/White, Green, Brown/White, Brown.
April 6, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Unhappypurchaser Don't purchase.
Doesn't follow standard cat5/cat5e color coding scheme, and doesn't come with instructions.
August 22, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Hayden Wiring is not correct to 568 cat5 standards
The product does work well but you will have to spend some time moving the wires around to get it correct. Here is the correct wiring diagram for this product starting top left counterclockwise
Product is always great put a wire diagram should be included if the wiring is not standard.
March 30, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by airpower77 haven't tested it, but easy to connect
I install 10 of these, but have not tested them. They are easy to connect. I wont write the code, as people have already done so. Some of them have the color code inside package.
I just hope that the free wires inside the box does not reduce its efficiency. I cut just enough insulation to connect the wires. If efficiency is not reduced, I will give it 4 stars. For now, I give it 3.
I would give it 5 stars if it was not hard wired, and was only connected to the jack only and not the hole face plate.
October 12, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Scott Questionable quality, no instructions
As others have said, the main problem with this or any other ethernet connectors from CE Tech is that they do not come with wiring instructions. The instructions are only available on the Home Depot website on the page with the product desctription.
Reading the instructions are an absolute MUST since the color coding is not intuitive. Even the standard CAT5 solid colors BLUE, GREEN, ORANGE and BROWN do not correspond to the colors on the jack!
A 10 minute job took over an hour because I had to search the Internet for the color code which took me right back here to the Home Depot website. Once I wired it up according to the instructions, it worked fine.
I guess its my own fault for trying to save a couple of bucks and go cheap.
October 6, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Worthless
This product does not work. Cat5e cables are prone to electrical interference if excessive wire is exposed. Hooking the wires to this product's terminals apparently exposes too much wire. My Internet did not work despite sound electrical connections. When I replaced this product with the appropriate phone and ethernet jacks, the Internet worked perfectly. As mentioned by others, there are no instructions and the color of the product's wires do not match the color of standard Cat5e wires.
September 16, 2013