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Do you need a cable wall plate with a VGA and two DVI cut outs? Do you want to add an HDMI cut out as well? Does all of this sound Greek to you? The terms are connector types, which you should know when ordering a custom wall plate.
Here is an example of some of the connector types you can choose from to suit your technology, courtesy of datapro.net:
Custom-made wall plates is a popular option for classrooms, computer labs and home theater systems -- all which have a lot of different kinds of equipment.
Wall plates provide the finishing touch to your cable routing. A wall plate can come in a variety of colors to match your room's decor and, when put on the wall, provide a nice neat frame for your cables or wires. There are electrical wall plates that cater to RJ-45 jacks, RCA jacks, speaker wires and more.
Experts say it is a good idea to leave an unused position in a wall plate for future expansion. You can use a blank insert to cover up the unused position if you'd like.
If you are doing a Keystone jack installation, it's helpful to know what "RJ" means because you will see it a lot when referring to wiring jacks.
"RJ" means "registered jack." It sounds simple enough, but it's actually become a complicated term in the industry. That's because it is often used incorrectly.
You will see numbers like RJ-11 and RJ-45 to refer to jacks. These used to refer to different wiring schemes for modular jacks. Today, we still use the RJ configurations, but not in the original way they were intended by the Universal Service Ordering Codes (USOC) back in the day. And this can be confusing.
Therefore, industry experts say the most accurate way you can identify a jack, and leave no room for misinterpretation, is to leave out the RJ and instead specify the number of positions (width opening) and conductors on the jack. For example, a "6-position, 4-conductor" jack.
A Keystone jack, which is used in local area networks (LANs), is a female connector used in data communications.
Typically, the jack is mounted in a wall plate or patch panel. The matching male connector, or the Keystone plug, is usually attached to the end of a cable or cord.
If you are looking to buy Ortronics connector jacks or other types of jacks, you will run across the terminology "category 5e" a lot. Here is some terminology you should know, courtesy of lanshack.com:
Here is how to perform a Keystone jack installation and a Keystone jack termination with Keystone RJ-45 (network jacks), RJ-12 (telephone jacks) and miscellaneous jacks, courtesy of 9thtee.com.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|