Backwards compatible and cost-saving solution for punch down plugs

Stewart Connector has released Category 8.1 RJ45 Punch Down Plugs that support 25Gbps and 40Gbps Ethernet transmission speeds over balanced twisted-pair copper cabling. They are created to meet Category 8.1 performance standards in applications as defined by ISO/IEC 11801-1:2017 and ANSI/TIA-568.2-D.

The company’s punch down plugs are offered with multiple strain-relief options making them ideal for employment on most solid and stranded Category 8 cables in today’s market. Using the reliable industry-standard RJ45 interface enables these plugs to be backwards compatible with existing RJ45 connector applications intended for Category 5e through 6a systems. The plugs are a cost-effective answer for data centres wanting to upgrade their data transmission speeds without switching across to a more costly fibre optic solution.

They are created for quick and easy terminations with no need for specialised tooling. This design feature provides for termination in the field and is ideal for high noise environments, including defence applications, medical equipment, and data centre switch-to-server interconnections.