Tyco Electronics quietly released a new ethernet cabling pinout called RJ-point-five in the early part of 2010, and it is significant because it is half the size of the standard RJ-45 ethernet cabling pinout, and is capable of termination by network cabling technicians in the field.

This cabling pinout is currently only rated to Cat5e, gigabit ethernet but there is talk of this having potential for Cat6a, 10Gb ethernet due to the new design which no longer has the split pair that occupies pins 3 and 6 on an RJ-45 connection (orange pair on T568A termination, green pair on T568B termination).  This is a very innovative design, only time will tell if it gets picked up by the network equipment manufacturers and end users.

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