How-to Prepare Your Own Ethernet Cables

Preparing Your First Ethernet Cable 101

Learn the exact process of creating your own home-made Ethernet Cables and save yourself money in the future, too.

Episode #14-01 released on October 28, 2023

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To prepare your own Ethernet Cables, you will need a few things to get started. The following items should already be available to you to prepare your cables, and they include RJ-45 Cable, RJ45 connectors, an RJ-45 crimper, wire stripper, and a rj-45 tester. You may want to use RJ-45 connectors, too, but these are optional.

The first step is to get a length of rj-45 cable to work on, my own suggestion is to make it a few inches longer than needed just in case you make a mistake in wiring up the cable. The next step is to use a wire stripper to remove the outer casing of the cable to reveal the wires inside. You can cut around the threads inside, and the shielding if any as we are presuming you do not need a shielded RJ-45 cable. Keep the end of the casing of RJ-45 cable as we can use it to separate the wires within the RJ-45 cable.

And RJH-45 cable contains 4 twisted wire pairs, Each pair contains a full color and striped color wire. You have the brown, blue, green, and orange twisted pairs. There are two common standards when wiring an RJ-45 connection, these are T568A and T568B. You can use either and one some RJ-45 connection crimpers, you can clearly see both standards printed. At this point, separate each of the pairs by sliding the RJ-45 cable cover that you removed.

Once the twisted pairs have been separated, try to straighten them as much as possible to be able to put them in the RJ-45 connector. You have a choice, you can use a type of connector, or you can use a two-piece RJ-45 connector which is arguably easier to use for most people. If you want to have an RJ-45 connector cover, you will have to put it on before placing the wires into the connector.

For the demonstration in the video, I will be using a two-piece RJ-45 connector and the T568B wiring standard. The order from left to right, which is position 8 to 1 in reverse is brown, stripped brown, green, stripped blue, blue, stripped green, orange, and finally stripped orange. Make sure the cables on both sides use the same order otherwise it will not function.

Once all the wires are in the inner connector piece, cut the ends and flush with a wire cutter. Then slide into the second part of the RJ-45 connector. Put the whole connection into the RJ-45 crimping tool and press all the way down. I press a second time just in case. Repeat the process for the second side of the cable and use a tester to confirm the wires are in the correct order. If the cable passes the test, then you can slide the cable connector shield into place, if you have one on the cable and are using one.

I suggest you practice on longer lengths of RJ-45 cable before trying to create shorter and shorter cables. Below is a list of links to Amazon products that I use or are similar to those I use in the video and a link to the standards used to make RJ-er cables.

Host : Steve Smith | Music : | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Dot Net

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