When looking for new ways to organise your server rooms, it’s worth considering the many benefits of coloured RJ45 cables; these can be used to help connect cables to network devices, and can be coded in such a way as to clearly distinguish different ports. RJ45 cables are a particularly worthwhile investment, in this respect, for connecting Ethernet lines, and for tidying up connections within a crowded server room; RJ45s also reduce the risk of cable and wiring breakage. What, then, do RJ45 cables offer in terms of compatibility and protection for the different parts of your server room network?
RJ45, or registered jack connectors are typically used with Ethernet cables and patch leads of different sizes. As well as being used for network connections, RJ45s can also be applied to telecommunication lines, and represent 8P8C, or eight position, eight contract connectors. RJ45 connectors generally work with T568A and T568B wiring set ups as a way for terminating the ends of networking cables when connecting up to switches and other devices.
Most server rooms will use RJ45 connectors as an essential part of standard patch cables, which can be used with switches and patch panels; RJ45s can, however, be set up using crossover cables that can be used to directly link two computers without the need for additional devices. This approach can be particularly effective when linking up storage devices, and can be faster than using a wireless connection when transferring large amounts of data.
Cable standards that can be used with RJ45 connectors include Cat 5 through to Cat 5e, and Cat 6, with different options available for patch leads and longer cables. Other varieties of cable and wiring that can work with RJ45s include unshielded twisted pair cables, with options to upgrade through different cable standards. Suppliers can similarly offer PVC sheathing and copper conductors for RJ45 enabled cables, which can help to prevent breakages and strain relief.
It’s possible to increase the safety and practicality of your server room cabling by using fully booted RJ45 cables and patch leads that have shielded connectors; this can be a good idea if you want to avoid breakages, and can be particularly useful for connecting to core devices. Alternatively, non-booted RJ45 cables can be arranged in order of colour to highlight different connections within a crowded server room, and can be used with patch panels to separate different ports and jacks.
Some of the main benefits to using RJ45 cables and leads in your server room consequently include a more organised cabling system, whereby you can link up network devices while still being able to clearly identify different types of cable. With RJ45s, you also have the option to upgrade to 10 Gbps speed cables, while focusing on cables that can be safely extended over longer areas of server rooms to IEE 802.3an and other specifications.
Jane writes about the different approaches you can take to improving your home and business networks. She recommends RJ45 cables as one of the most essential components for any network.