Rated 2.1 out of 5 by 20
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pierre42 IDEAL Category 6 Modular plug
Works just fine when things are done in an orderly fashion! Here are a few tips.
1. Decide on the wiring configuration (T568A or T568-B) and keep the diagram in front of your eyes all the time.
2. Both ends should use the same configuration.
3. Strip at least 50mm of the insulation cover and cut it off.
4. Cut off the plastic ribbing at the same level.
5. Do not untwist the pairs until they have been put in the plastic pair-sorter.
6. Insert the pairs in the pair-sorter. Make sure the pairs inserted in the 2 rings of the pair-sorter correspond to the pairs that will be at position 1-2 and 7-8.
7. Untwist each pair and take the time to slowly manually straighten each wire until each one is perfectly straight.
8. Take the plug and the insertion "sled", check where position 1 should be in the sled in relation to the beveled part of the sled and make sure it will corresponds to position 1 in the plug. Here it's better to check twice!
9. Thread each wire into the sled starting at position 1 until it is proud on the other side by 2-3 mm. Do the same for wires 2 through 8.
10. Then SLOWLY slide the sled down to the pair-sorter keeping tension on the wires with needle-nose pliers, checking now and then if one of the wires has drifted in the place of another in the sled, until it docks with the pair-sorter.
11. Do a another check of the wiring configuration
12. Cut the wires flush with the nose of the sled with scissors.
13. Insert the construct into the plug until both bevels are flat together and do a final check of the wire configuration and crimp.
Test the cable with your cable tester.
I have not missed a single patch cable since using this connector in this manner!
August 11, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Casey Working well
They work well. I have used a wide range of modular cat 6 plugs. very cheap ones and very expensive ones. these are about average. You must take care to make sure all the wires are in place before you crimp. the loading bar tends to flex quite a bit, so be careful.
I recommend cutting the wires at an angle before slipping the loading bar on. when you slip the bar on the wires will individually slip themselves in. see the picture attached.
I was in a pinch to I bought these. Too expensive for what you get. $19 dollars should get you 100 plugs if purchased from the right place (online). even 50 pieces for the same price would be acceptable.
January 27, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JCS79 Excellent quality
I just bought these 3 piece Ideal Cat6 plugs to make a custom length cat6 patch cable for my living room. I watched a few videos about how to properly make these terminations and crimps before buying these exact connectors. I have to say they 100% matched my expectation. I saw a lot of poor reviews on here about the quality of these plugs, and I'm not saying that those people don't know what they are talking about, but I was able to successfully terminate a patch cable (verified with a VDV tester) on my first try. If you are careful of your work and watch a video of installing these 3 piece style connectors, it really wasn't difficult. It is a little time consuming, but I'm okay with that for quality work! Another TIP that I read is actually that the crimper tool itself has a lot to do with how well the connection is made. I used the Ideal brand Telemaster crimper.
March 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hawks1282 Worked fine for me
The two previous reviews state that there is no guidance for the conductors so they won't align or crimp properly. There is no guidance because this plug uses a three piece design. You need to thread the conductors through a separate plastic sled (included), then insert the entire sled assembly into the modular connector before crimping. Once properly assembled everything crimps fine.
March 19, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by CantThinkOfANickName Pure garbage. I want a negative star
I recently completed a wiring job and was having issues with my SIP POE phones. Some of my ports were were working while others were not. After checking cables and such i realized that the connector pins were not fully seating and making proper contact. I am using an ideal ratcheting crimp tool (about $80) and have crimped hundreds of RJ-45s in the past. Pins 7 and 8 seemed to not line up properly with the die, i am still not sure how these could fail so miserably. Agree with the other posts, the "instructions" were useless. For the price of these connectors, the quality really is just not there. At this point i am going to cut off all the crimps and go with a patch panel.
August 13, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by brojo Missing 3rd piece
The packaging, instructions and site say "3-piece design" yet my package only included 2 pieces: the jack and sled--no "liner". It wouldn't be so bad if I bought an open item, but I didn't. I should have bought these online elsewhere for half the price instead of rushing to the store before they closed.
September 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AVGuru89 Product worked great- follow the directions
This a 3 piece connector. Other reviewers must have not followed the directions on the inside of the package. Worked fine for me when i put the connectors on and used the Ideal crimping tool. Cat 6 cable is significantly harder to put a connector on than Cat5E, regardless of the connector.
May 31, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by FarmerJon Garbage
3 piece is design is ludicrous. You can get it to work, after failing a few times and much frustration. Never had any troubles with cat5 single piece designs..I just don't get the point of this.
June 25, 2014