As anyone who has ever planned their network knows, terminating Ethernet cables isn’t necessarily hard. It can be a tedious process, though, and it is necessary to speed and functionality to get it correct. If you have a lot of cables to connect or if you’re a network professional, the amount of time spent on getting conductors just right can be frustrating and even wasteful.
Platinum Tools, a leading designer and manufacturer of network wiring instruments, has created a patented EZ system to eliminate many of the headaches associated with those tiny connectors. Product number 100035 is a 50-pack of EZ-RJ45 Cat5E strain-relief boots. These boots can only be used with EZ-RJ45 Cat5E connectors. When used with a connector, they help protect the cable from snags and relieve stress from bends and pressure.
The initial steps for adding an EZ-RJ45 connector onto an Ethernet cable is the same. Slide the 100035 strain relief boot onto the cable as soon as you slip off the length you want. The unique design of these boots locks to the EZ-RJ45 end for easy all-at-once connections. Remove an inch and a half of the jacket. Untwist the pairs and line them up according to your chosen wiring diagram. Then insert the cable into the EZ-RJ45 connector, which is sold separately. Thanks to the all-transparent pull-through design, you can quickly check to make sure the correct wire pinout has been maintained by checking the wires that have come out the end of the connector and by looking into the body of the connector itself. Once everything is lined up properly, crimp the connector on. The EZ-RJ45 tool will crimp and cut away the extra wire all in one squeeze.