This is a great skill to know especially if you decide that you want to persue a networking career sometime in life. For those who have NO intentions on becoming a networking specialist, this is a great skill to have that will save you hundreds to pay someone to come out and do these things for you. You may need to shorten cable, change the location of the cable to a more convenient spot, or you might have moved, and now you are having trouble figuring out where you need to route your cables for your network.
Step 1: Materials Needed
CAT 5 Cable (Length is custom to your project but its smart to have a few samples ready for practice)
Connector/Cable Boots (they make matching color boots for your color of CAT 5)
RJ-45 Crimping tool (found @ lowes or home depot)
A word on your tools:
The crimper i have is a combo tool made by IDEAL that included a RJ-45 die, and a 6 wire Tele. Cable Connector die. it also included connectors for both types of cable and costed me about $50.00 give or take. this will be the most expensive part of your project, but in the long run worth every penny.
Step 2: Cut & Strip the Cable
The order of the wires is as follows:
Orange White (OW), Orange (O), Green White (GW), Blue (B), Blue White (BW), Green (G), Brown White (BRW), Brown (BR)
One of the pictures is actually tagged with the order of the wires.
After you have ordered the wires, you will have to trim the wires EVEN ALL THE WAY ACROSS. Leave about 1/4" of wire. this is important as the wires need to butt against the plastic of the RJ-45 Connector.
The screenshot diagram shows two ways that you can order and terminate the wires inside the connector, however i have tagged the one that i am using in this instructable. Technically speaking you can order the wires in the connector ANY way you want so long as the other side is ordered EXACTLY the same, and the cable would work the same way every time.
If ALL went well, you have just Terminated your very own custom length CAT V Cable. I hope you enjoyed reading and utilizing this instructable as much as i enjoyed making it!!!
If you have any questions, comments or concerns please Comment below OR PM me!! I will be sure to get back with you as soon as i can!!!