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R&M Unveils New Cat. 6A Module

Cat. 6A Easy Lock sets new standards in the installation of twisted copper cables

R&M has unveiled a second Cat. 6A connection module. The first has been available since 2010 and is still considered the high-end module with the greatest performance reserves.

Along with this first module, the second Cat.6A EL module sets new standards in connectivity technology. The new RJ45 jack with the short designation Cat. 6A EL (“easy lock”) simplifies the installation of copper cabling for local data networks and supports broadband applications such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet. It meets the component specifications according to IEC 60603-7-41/-51 and is suitable for setting up permanent links and channels categorized as Class EA under ISO/IEC 11801.

The Cat. 6A EL module consists of two parts only. It can be wired and mounted without special tools in a few easy steps. It is available shielded (STP) in the die-cast version and unshielded (UTP) in the special plastic version that suppresses alien near-end crosstalk. IDC ensures the reliable termination of the wires. A clamping ring serves as integrated strain relief. It fixes all types of cables in place without pinching them. Cable ties are things of the past. With shielded twisted pair (STP) cabling the clamping ring also provides 3600 shield termination because it wraps completely around the braided shield.

The goal R&M was pursuing with the development of the Cat. 6A EL was to greatly simplify the installation procedure at the place where a large part of the work arises, namely during the connection of the RJ45 modules on the various stories of buildings. It was important to R&M that no concessions are made with respect to reliability and longevity. Each module is fully tested for return loss (RL), near-end crosstalk (NEXT) and dielectric strength as well as to determine whether it is short-circuit proof.

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