Picture of Terminating an Ethernet (CAT5e/CAT6) Cable
Terminating an Ethernet or CAT5e/CAT6 cable is an easy and useful skill, particularly for those interested in home networking or those in the networking field.  When you learn to terminate cables yourself, you can save money, space, and frustration with tangled cables by making them the exact length you need instead of having to use cables manufactured by a company.  In about 15 minutes, almost anyone can measure and terminate the ends of a cable.
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
• Wire Strippers – I recommend the IDEAL Telecomm/Datacomm Wire Strippers
• Wire Cutters (Side Cutters will work)
• RJ45 Crimping Tool
• 2 - RJ45 Modular Data Plug (Ends)
• Bulk CAT6 Network Cable
• Ruler
• 2 Wire Boots (Optional, not pictured)

Step 2: Measure the Cable

Step 1:  
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.  
oclaman21 days ago

Hi, I have a cat6 ethernet cable with 8 non-twisted wires all apparently being of different solid colors. Is it OK to attach both ends to the connectors in any order as long as both ends have the same color order?

oclaman21 days ago
SyllasA5 months ago

Thank you very much for sending this idea obviously it's very helpful.Please kindly share more ideas for us to improve upon our skills

ketorolac made it!10 months ago

Thank you!!!!!!!!