Plug Boot Options for Ethernet Patch Cables
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Plug Boot Options for Ethernet Patch Cables

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copper networkThe connectors terminated with Ethernet patch cables are commonly known as RJ-45 connectors. When purchasing Ethernet patch cables, you might be wondering that not all Ethernet patch cables are alike, especially the plug features of them. Actually, there are various plug boot options to choose from. And in this post, we are going to learn more about them.

Booted or Non-Booted?

Have you found the connecting plugs on each end of some Ethernet patch cables have that little rubber dome, boot-like thing protecting a plastic release clip and others don’t? These two basic types of plug features are generally called “booted” and “non-booted”. So, should we choose booted or non-booted? Well, it’s really difficult to say. It all depends on your requirement. Many people prefer a non-booted patch cable over a booted one because it’s simple, low cost, space-saving and easier to plug in and out.

However, there is a big problem with using non-booted cable—the retaining tab (clip) on the top of an RJ-45 connector is very fragile, and often breaks off, especially in the applications that frequent unplugging is required. A broken RJ-45 connector will not be secured into the equipment’s jack, resulting in intermittent data loss, or even disconnection. In this case, booted cable seems to be an ideal choice to protect the tab from breaking.

normal RJ45 vs. broken RJ45

Plug Boot Options for Ethernet Patch Cables

As mentioned above, the most basic types of boot options may be the booted and non-booted. However, they can be subdivided into more types according to the applications and features. There are various types of Ethernet boot options available in today’s copper network market, including:

Image Types Features
nonbooted Ethernet patch cable Standard Non-Booted Cable Without boot design, is easiest to plug and unplug but doesn’t protect the tab from breaking. Usually used for applications that don’t require frequent unplugging.
modled booted Ethernet patch cable Molded Cable The locking tab is unprotected. It is typically used in applications where there are not unplugged and plugged back in often, like in a hard-to-access space.
standard-booted Ethernet patch cable Standard Booted Cable Protects the tab on all sides and prevents it from snagging or breaking off. It is recommended to use for cable installation through floors or walls.
standard booted Ethernet patch cable Snagless Booted Cable A molded body with a small flap that protects the locking tab from being snapped off easily. Typically used in applications where there are high insertion cycles, like an easy-to-access space.
slim-booted Ethernet patch cable Slim Booted Cable Snagless patch cables with a 28% reduction in diameter, offers minimal protection and is fairly easy to plug and unplug, ideal for high-density application.

Note: The types of plug boot options for Ethernet patch cables mentioned above are a general classification. Product features may vary from different vendors.


There are various plug boot options for Ethernet patch cables. No matter it is non-booted, or booted with features, there is no difference between them in cable performance. Thus, users can select it depending on their experience and requirements. FS.COM can offer a full range of Ethernet patch cables including Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a, and Cat7, as well as other copper network assemblies, which offer you a cost-effective solution for copper cabling. For more information, please visit or contact us over

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