Step 1: Materials
• Wire Cutters (Side Cutters will work)
• RJ45 Crimping Tool
• 2 - RJ45 Modular Data Plug (Ends)
• Bulk CAT6 Network Cable
• 2 Wire Boots (Optional, not pictured)
Step 2: Measure the Cable
Using the coil of wire, pull the necessary amount of wire for the connection you need to make. Be sure to include an extra 2 inches on either end of the wire for the data plug.
NOTE: Network cables have a maximum length, depending on which type is being used. Although maximum length varies by manufacturer, a common rule of thumb is 650 feet for a CAT6 cable and 250 feet for a CAT5e cable. If the length of the wire between two powered network devices exceeds this length, signal degradation and data loss may occur.
TIP: Do your best to run the wire along the path it will follow between the two devices. Do not pull the cable tight between two points and be sure the cable is not kinked or tightly pulled around corners. The cable should have a little wiggle room.
TIP: If the location of the wire allows, consider including an extra length in the cable. This prevents having to make another cable if one device needs to move a short distance after the cable is made. One way of adding a short length to the cable is to wrap it around a closed fist 2 or 3 times.