Most network systems employ CAT5 or CAT5e cabling. CAT6 cabling is emerging as the better system due to its increased bandwidth and improved reliability. CAT6 cable allows for better transmission performance when properly installed. Making your own implies a slight risk of error so hiring a professional technician is recommended when personal experience is lacking or if you’re looking for long term installation. Whether you are looking to improve network reliance or wanting to experiment with CAT6 cabling, this article will guide you in making a functioning sample.
Step one: Preparation of CAT6 cable for networking
Get the following ready from your toolbox or nearby hardware store: two pairs of pliers, scissors, pen, crimping tool, RJ45 CAT6 connectors, and most importantly, a CAT6 cable. Once that’s done, without cutting the wires, cut approximately a two inch section from the jacket off one end of the cable. A small string will probably be hanging from the end, clip this off with the scissors as well. You should now be able to locate a thin plastic holding the wires inside the casing; cut this with the scissors as well to expose the four colored wires.
Step two: fumbling with the wires
In this step, the orange, brown, blue, and green wires should be exposed. Untwist them and lay them in the following order: brown to the right, orange to the left, green and blue in the middle. Start untwisting the wires (each one should have another wire twisted with it) until you have eight strands. Now you must order them from left to right: orange with white, solid orange, green with white, blue, white with blue, green, white with brown, solid brown.
Now the pen comes into play! Start straightening each wire repeatedly until reaching almost perfect results. You just hold the pen under the wire and run the wire on top of it over and over again. After having each wire straighten as much as possible, it is time to cut them at an angle. Starting with the brown wire, you will cut at an upward angle through all eight wires. Step two is complete!
Step three: Attaching the CAT6 piece of the connector
Welcome to the most tedious part of the process. Your goal is to slide each wire one by one into the plastic piece. To help with the procedure, you’ll need those pairs of pliers from step one. Use one pair to hold the plastic and the other to pull the wire through. You should pull each wire all the way to the base, where wire meets jacket. After threading all eight wires, check the order of the colors and cut off additional wire tails.
Step four: Attaching RJ45 connector
You are almost done with one end of the cable! Yes, you will be expected to repeat the steps for the other end; a functioning CAT6 cable requires two identical ends. Attach the RJ45 connector, making sure it fits correctly and completely over the plastic piece. Use the crimping tool to gather the connector onto the cable. Congratulations, you are done prepping the end of the cable. After completing the four steps for the other end, you should have a working CAT6 cable. Use a network tester before using to make sure it is functional and enjoy.