RJ-45 Crimpers Review
The last time we looked at
crimping RJ-45 jacks onto the ends of Cat-5 cables we were using an inexpensive
orange plastic crimper. Although it appeared to be doing the job, we were
finding problems with the cables when we tested them out with the Cat5 Tester.
What we eventually found was that the cheap plastic crimper was not putting
enough pressure onto the metal connectors of the RJ45 jack and they were not
seating properly. The end result was a bunch of wasted time and cables which
would change from good to bad with any movement of the wire or jacks. Not a good
Around this time we were having some technicians in to
install our connectivity. We managed to borrow their AMP crimping tool ($400)
for a few minutes and recrimp some of our cables. Suffice to say the cables
worked fine after one go through that massive metal monster crimper. It also
became quite obvious that the orange crimper was only crimping the metal teeth
in the RJ45 jack about 1/3 of the way down, which explained why the connections
were so loose.
Biting the bullet we invested in an $80 pair of all metal
generic crimpers. This particular pair has a spring loaded ratcheting feature so
it is basically impossible to undercrimp a RJ45 connector. The crimpers have to
be crimped fully before they will open up again and allow you to remove the
jack. If you don't crimp enough, you won't be able to remove the jack from the
die. Additionally the crimping die is well machined metal, which can be replaced
should it ever become damaged. Removable razor blades on either side allow the
cat 5 cable to be cut, and or the protective covering removed at the right
distance for crimping.
These crimpers are more expensive than the orange pair were,
but they actually work, and will continue to do so for quite some time. The
crimp is a perfect one every time, and the wire is held firmly in the little
plastic RJ 45 jack because of it. Most importantly the cat 5 cables actually
When it comes to connectivity and lost data that is of course the most
important of all considerations.