I have a hardware device which includes Ethernet connectivity. I have a surface-mount Ethernet jack, with top entry (as opposed to right-angle). Part number is RIA Connect AJS03B8813, if that helps. No integrated magnetics, this is fine, I have a discrete part. All is well and good.
Except that I'm having trouble finding that part, so I need to find a replacement. However, it seems that no one makes a jack that has all of the following features:
- top-entry (i.e., part sits flat on board and cable comes "down" into it, perpendicular to the board -- in other words, NOT right-angle),
- surface-mount, and
I can find shielded right-angles aplenty, and shielded top-mounts, but they're through-hole (not an option, the other side of the board is densely populated.) All I can find are unshielded parts, such as
Molex 95503-6891 (yes I know this has support posts but that's OK, I have those holes on the board)
So, my question is: are there any potential problems using this unshielded jack in a 10Mbps Ethernet application? I can't see the shielding on the jack mattering that much, since most clients don't use shielded cat5 anyway.
Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!
EDIT: thanks for all the replies. I'll just go ahead with the unshielded part. I know that most cables aren't shielded, so I figured it was probably pointless, just wanted to get some other opinions.