How to choose a plug

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Internet speed is taken seriously these days.  Governments develop high-speed network in competitions. Every telecom carrier provides the fastest Internet services to attract subscribers.  People upgrade their internet services and hardware to experience high-speed connection.

But, can every user really experience high-speed internet after upgrading?  Not exactly. Some users may find the speed does not really go up as they expect.  After checking everything including the hardware, those users may find no particular reason for why it happens.  Then, they may start to wonder if they are tricked by their telecom carrier, but they don’t notice an insignificant piece that can have the influence on internet speed which is the modular plug.

People often consider plugs playing an insignificant role in the speed and neglect them. In their opinion, all plugs are created equally and the same.  There are no differences between good quality and poor quality ones.  When buying plugs, they always choose the cheapest one.  Problems start to show as time goes by. Poor quality ones have worse transmission than good ones which slows down internet speed.  Besides, it may cause some bugs even troubleshooters fail to solve unless they find out it comes from plugs.

Defective transmission may come from an awful producing procedure.  Cheap plugs manufacturers have to cut the cost to make cheap plugs which will cause poor electroplating, limited contact areas, contact burr, scratch, and misalignment.  These will cause electric signals transmission problems.  When plugs fail to transmit signals, internet speed starts to slow down.  With poor producing procedures, cheap plugs material make them vulnerable and less durable compared to well-made ones.  

Here are some examples of poor quality plugs.

1.    Contact burr:  This will reduce contact areas dramatically.  When modular good quality plugs and jacks connect, it will form a smooth contact surface- a “line” contact areas.  On the contrary, rough surface like pictures below reduces contact areas to the “point” cause low performance and poor transmission.

2.    Contact misalignment: As we can see in the pictures, the contacts are not in right position. This cause the same thing, reduced contact areas, low performance and poor transmission. 

3.  Scratch: This will cause the copper exposed and easily oxidized.  When the contact is oxidized, it decreases performance and life cycle.

Good plugs may cost a little more, but they worth the extra cost. It has better transmission, connections, and durable. Using good plugs in the first place can avoid the cost of changing plugs, and have a better experience of internet speed. Next time when you buy plugs, do you a favor, remember to avoid cheap plugs listed in this article and choose better ones and avoid the karma.




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