Patch Cord Certification - DSP Patch Cord Adapter


Important note and change in procedure for certifying category 5e patch cords.
Until recently, it has been possible to certify category 5e and 6 patch cords with the same category 6 test jack, based on ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B.2. Within that standard, certain assumptions were made. One of these assumptions was that vendors making category 5e patch cords would not use high value NEXT RJ45 plugs. However, vendors are starting to use these high value NEXT plugs (category 6 plugs) when making category 5e cords. This means that the NEXT results could be optimistic (too good) when using a category 6 test jack.

Users certifying category 5e patch cords should migrate across to a category 5e test jack as soon as possible. It can be obtained from
Superior Modular Products
33 Superior Way
Swannanoa, NC 28778, USA

Tel.: + 1 828 298 2260
Part No. PCTAC5e to be used with Database Version 5.17C
In addition, users will need to update the database on their DSP-4x00 CableAnalyzers, as different limit lines are used for this category 5e test jack. These new limit lines are the same as those found the in the DTX CableAnalyzer.

Making this change will now will make you ready for the new ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-C.2 standard (Due May 2009). Even if you are not using high value NEXT RJ45 plugs, you should migrate across to the new jack and test limits as soon as possible. Especially if you are using DTX CableAnalyzers to certify patch cords.