I’ve run a lot of cable in my day and had my methods to near perfection. But last year a co-worker taught me an easier way to install the RJ45 end onto a piece of CAT5 or CAT6 cable.
Installing the RJ45 end on a piece of cable involves:
Step 3 takes the most time and is the easiest place to make a mistake, most often arranging the wires in the wrong order.
Normally the how to guides say to untwist all of the wires and arrange them in the following order (TI 568B):
This means starting from left and moving to the right.
But I find it easier to start from the center and work out.
I assembled a step by step photo guide to show how to make it a little simpler:
By starting from the center you don’t have to bend the wires as much to get them flat and smooth. And if you have lots of ends to put on, this saves wear and tear on your hands. Also, this method is a little quicker once you get the hang of it.
This method works equally well for TI 568A or TI 568B pinouts.
Trim the wires and insert them into the RJ45 plug. Crimp the end and you’re ready to test and certify the cable.
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