Originally Posted by RickStrobel
I've always been of the mind that cable should be done properly - runs tied down to patch panels and wall plates, patch cords for the final moveable connections. I cringe when I see a network cable run from one end of the house to the other with a couple of RJ45s crimped on each end. Always thought you should leave the crimping of ends to the machines in the factory.
Per the guys that write the specifications, cat cabling should always be brought to a punch down type connection and then the last leg should be done with a patch cord. The stranded patch cords are using stranded conductors to allow greater flexibility and reliability. So, you are correct in your mindset - and in line with what the professional requirements for cat-x cabling call for. I'm NOT an expert, but we covered this in class for Extron's HD-Base-T solutions training class.
Solid core for the long haul, punch it down (never terminate to RJ45), then patch cable.
Why no hand terminated RJ45 connections? Well, the RJ45 is a limited lifetime product. It is actually only rated to some ridiculously low number (I was thinking 50 insertions/deinsertions, but maybe it was 200) before replacement of patch cables is recommended. RJ45 jacks are rated for longer life.
From this website, they claim a guarantee of 1,000 insertions/desinsertions...
Interesting bit of reading.
Oh, and tomorrow I am playing with the Panasonic projector with the native HD-Base-T connection built right into it. Using RS-232 and switch PC/HD video w/audio right into the projector... Really cool.