Difference Between RJ45 and CAT5

Modern technology has given rise to various electrical demands. The large variety of product offerings for our different digital needs has led to the distribution of so many items that is is often to difficult one from the other. The RJ45 and CAT5 are two terms commonly found in cable technology and often thought of to be synonymous. In actuality, the two are different non-competing items with different functions. Below are the differences between the RJ45 and CAT5.

The RJ45’s name is derived from the acronym “RJ” which refers to “registered jack” and started out an an interconnection standard for telecommunications. It eventually evolved in function, presently used for wired computer networking. The term is sometimes used to refer to the generic 8 position 8 contact (8P8C) connector, but this usage is actually erroneous.

CAT5 refers to the “Category 5” cable, a twisted pair cable used in computer networks. Aside from Ethernet over twisted pair, CAT5 cables are also utilized for video and telephony purposes. The standard provides performance of up to 100 Mbps.

Comparison Board

RJ45
CAT5
Definition A type of connector used for Ethernet networking A twisted pair network cabling device used for Ethernet cabling, video and telephony
Sometimes used interchangeably with Ethernet cable, 8P8C connector Ethernet cable
Classification Wired networking device Wired networking device
Appearance A device containing 8 different-colored wires and eight pins A device that contains 4 twisted color-coded cables with a maximum length of 100m
Usage Electrical interconnection standard Cable standard
Determines What to use a cable for Size of bandwidth
Replacement More difficult to replace but hardly any need Easier to replace

 

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