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.

Step 1: 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)
<p>Very clear and easy to follow instructions and photographs. Many thanks.</p>
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<p>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?</p>
<p>A true Cat 6 cable is 23 AWG. 4/Pair cable with a spline. The twisted pairs should be color coded. The reason for the pairs and the spline is that the tighter the twist the faster the data. The spline (Plastic cross web) isolates the pairs from cross talk and twist inproves the speed to reach the 550MHz. With out the spline it would just be Cat 5 material and with the spline and twisted pairs, it would just be station wire...</p>
<p>Soory but your info is not accurate. The tighter twists are not for higher speed. The more twists per inch is for less crosstalk between pairs. You will notice that each pair still has different twists per inch which is all to do with eliminating cross talk. The spline is not used by all manufacturers. Some manufacturers obtain cat 6 standard without the spline. The larger conductor (23awg) is to reduce attenuation.</p>
<p>now you cant... the wires must be ordered accordingly. there must be two pairs of same colors. only left and right wires will be of different colors. The middle wires should always be green-white green and blue-white blue. these two colors actually pair with each other's white write. thats what i learned.</p>
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