Make Your Own Ethernet Cable

The average person simply buys their Ethernet cable from the store. Perhaps the get them online, and at a discount. Maybe they know someone who works with computers and have never had to buy things like Ethernet cables for years.

But maybe you are not the average person and you have some technical knowledge and you want to make your own Cat 6 network cable.  Well, apparently, this is not an entirely difficult thing to do, but you will need the right tools, a little patience, and, of course, the time to do it.

THE TOOLS and MATERIALS

To make your own Cat 6 Ethernet network cable you will need:

  • Unshielded twisted pair (UTP) patch cable
  • modular connector (8P8C plug, also known as an RJ45)
  • a crimpling tool
  • a cable tester is optional (and most often recommended)

GETTING STARTED

Before you can build an Ethernet cable you should know that each cable has four pairs of wires and the Ethernet connector (the 8P8C plug) has eight pin slots.  Each of these pins can be identified by a number, starting from left to right (when the clip is facing away from you).

You also need to know there are two standard wiring setups for Ethernet cables. These are T568A and T568B.  The latter is more common and is, generally, the template you should use for building your wires.

MAKING YOUR OWN CABLE

First you will need strip away the cable jacket by about 1.5 inches. Next, spread the four pairs of twisted wires you find there apart so that you can untwist and separate them. Neatly align each single wire, making sure not to untwist too far down past where you will install the jack.

You want to make sure to cut the wires as straight as you possibly can so that they are about 0.5 inches above the end of the cable sheath.  When you have finished this you must carefully insert the wires all the way into the modular connection piece, also making sure that each wire goes into its appropriate guide within the connector.  Next, use the crimping tool to squeeze the pieces together and then repeat all the steps again for the other end of the Cat6 Ethernet networking cable.

Post Author: Wyatt Canton

Wyatt@goodtechsystems.com'

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