Give it the Boot! Putting Boots onto Ethernet Cable

Give it the Boot! Putting Boots onto Ethernet Cable

Written by Don Schultz, Technical Expert, Fluke Networks Versiv & BICSI INST1 Certified Technician

You asked, and you have now received it! Introducing trueCABLE’s new line of strain relief boots. Commonly seen on factory made Ethernet patch cables, you now have the option of adding them to your bulk Ethernet cable terminations.  

We do recommend using strain relief boots for three key reasons:

  • Electrical performance optimization
  • It helps to keep your Ethernet cables within the specified bend radius
  • Professional appearance

Of those three reasons, the first two are the most important. The strain relief boot helps take the pressure off of your termination and gives it a degree of durability. This can become a significant factor when running an Ethernet cable to PoE powered WiFi access points (WAPs) and surveillance cameras. The housings for PoE devices usually require bending the cable near the termination, often to the maximum acceptable bend. Internal cable cross-talk can increase, and you may have poor or intermittent connectivity as a result. 

This should not be taken lightly, as the two key areas that installers make mistakes are making bends too tight or pulling too hard and exceeding the pulling tension the cable can withstand. Please read Obey the Bend, Calculating Wire Bend Radius for more on what a bend radius is.

This blog has a companion video demonstrating how to put on our strain relief boots. It is recommended you watch the video and read the blog that follows as both mediums bring something to the table.

 

trueCABLE offers two primary types of strain relief boots, depending on which cable and RJ45 connector you are working with:

  • Simple slip-on
  • Cut-to-fit, locking style

The simple slip-on type is just that. After your cable is cut to length, slip the boot down the cable and fully terminate the RJ45 plug. Slide the boot back up and over the RJ45 connector. That is it. The boot can be slid backward if you wish to terminate the cable again.

The cut-to-fit style is permanent in nature. Once on, it will not be coming off. They have locking bars that slide into the RJ45 plug housing, and those bars are crimped into place during your crimp/termination process.

Slip-On Style How-To

Slide boot down the cut end of cable...

Slide boot down the cut end of cable...

 

Terminate the RJ45 plug and slide the boot on.  Done!

Terminate the RJ45 plug and slide the boot on. Done!

 

 

Cut-To-Fit Style How-To

Cut the boot if necessary to make it fit the cable

Cut the boot if necessary to make it fit the cable
Slide boot down cable, and put the RJ45 Plug on, but don’t terminate it yet!
Slide boot down cable, and put the RJ45 Plug on, but don’t terminate it yet!
Slide the boot up the cable, with the side bars going into the rear of the plug housing
Slide the boot up the cable, with the sidebars going into the rear of the plug housing
Insert plug and strain relief boot as a unit into the trueCRIMP tool and then terminate
Insert the plug and strain relief boot as a unit into the trueCRIMP tool and then terminate
Done.  Professional!
Done. Professional!

 

Of course, there are multiple sizes of our strain relief boots to accommodate the types of cables we offer. This handy chart indicates compatibility.

 

Cable Type

Boot Type

Pass Through RJ45 Plug

Standard RJ45 Plug

Cat5e

Cat5e Riser

Small Cut To Fit

Cat5e Pass Through

Cat5e Standard

Cat5e Shielded Riser

Small Cut To Fit

Cat5e Shielded Pass Through

Cat5e Plenum

Small Cut To Fit

Cat5e Pass Through

Cat5e Standard

Cat5e Shielded Plenum

Small Cut To Fit

Cat5e Shielded Pass Through

Cat5e Direct Burial

Small Cut To Fit

Cat5e Pass Through

Cat5e Standard

Cat5e Shielded Direct Burial

Large Cut To Fit

Cat5e Shielded Pass Through

Cat6

Cat6 Riser

Large Cut To Fit

Cat6 Pass Through

Cat6/6A Standard

Cat6 Shielded Riser

Medium Slip On

Cat6/6A Shielded Pass Through

Cat6 Plenum

Large Cut To Fit

Cat6 Pass Through

Cat6/6A Standard

Cat6 Shielded Plenum

Medium Slip On

Cat6/6A Shielded Pass Through

Cat6 Direct Burial

Medium Slip On

Cat6 Pass Through

Cat6/6A Standard

Cat6 Shielded Direct Burial

Large Slip On

Cat6/6A Shielded Pass Through

Cat6 Shielded Outdoor UV

Large Slip On

Cat6/6A Shielded Pass Through

Cat6A

Cat6A Riser

Large Slip On

Cat6A Pass Through

Cat6/6A Standard

Cat6A Shielded Riser

Large Slip On

Cat6/6A Shielded Pass Through

Cat6A Plenum

Small Slip On

Cat6A Pass Through

Cat6/6A Standard

Cat6A Shielded Plenum

Large Slip On

Cat6/6A Shielded Pass Through


So, now you have given your cable the boot!  Given the low cost of this accessory, and the headaches it can save you from, go get you some.

 

HAPPY NETWORKING!

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