CEDIA Expo Preview: Platinum Tools Solves ‘Big Fat Conductor’ Termination Woes

Category cable sizes are varying so widely that technicians find themselves in the field without the proper termination tools or connectors.


It used to be that technicians in the field really only had to be prepared to terminate Category 5 cable or speaker wire. But a technician today will likely be tasked to terminate Cat 5, Cat 5e, Cat 6A and Cat 7 on a single project… not to mention speaker wire of varying sizes and other possible other wiring sizes and types.

Platinum Tools aims to make sure technicians are fully prepared with the right connectors and tools to handle any wiring types. The company will have an array of options available at its booth #4133 at CEDIA Expo in Denver, as well as in the ADI booth #4160.

“In this day and age, Category cable is all over the board dimension-wise and size-wise,” says John Phillips, product manager at Platinum Tools.

Phillips says it is routine for an installer to go out to a job to terminate some cable, Cat 6A for example, and find that the Cat 6A connector he has is not compatible.

“They get out there and they can’t get the connector on the cable. So they end up calling us asking, ‘What should I do?’ We look up the specs and determine what the cable jacket OD (outside diameter) is and the installation diameter, then we tell them choices of a compatible connector,” says Phillips.

“For some of these cables, the diameters are so large that you cannot even use a crimp-type design RJ-45. You have to go to a toolless design that will accommodate some of these big, fat conductors,” he says.

Platinum Tools just released its new PoE+ 10Gig Shielded RJ45 Field Plug to handle this problem. The Field Plug is compatible with a wide assortment of large cables with large conductors and its cast-metal shell provides end-to-end shielding from extraneous noise interference in high bandwidth applications.

Additional features include of the Field Plug:

  • HDBaseT PoE+ compliant
  • Cat7/6A/6
  • No special crimp tool required
  • Insulation diameter: 0.032in. – 0.057in. (0.8mm – 1.47mm)
  • Cable OD: 0.236in. – 0.315in. (6.0mm – 8.0mm)
  • 50 micron gold plated contacts
  • UL and RoHS compliant
  • Solid or stranded, 26 – 23 AWG
  • Dimensions: 70.20mm x 17.85mm x 14.0mm
  • Cable compatibility: S/FTP or F/FTP Shielding; Stranded or Solid; 26AWG – 23AWG wires
  • Compliance: ISO/IEC 11801; ANSI/TIA-568-C.2; ANSI/TIA-568.2-D; IEEE 802.3an 10GBit Suitable

About the Author

Jason Knott
Jason Knott:

Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald's Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California.


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