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The process

First thing we have to do it so strip one of the ends of wiring, like shown below.

Now that our wire is stripped, check it to make sure that you didn't cut into any of the wires inside of the covering. Take a few seconds to look over them, it could save you a lot of aggrevation later.

Ok so now we have the wire stripped. But they aren't in any order at all. Notice the colors? Let's put them in order, like below...

You can see the real thing to the left, and a diagram we created to help you on the right. Incase you still can't tell, the order is:
Striped Orange | Orange | Striped Green | Blue | Striped Blue | Green | Striped Brown | Brown.

Now take the wires and press them in firmly into the RJ-45 8-Position Modular Plugs, making sure that the seperators seperate the wires in the correct order. Do not get discouraged if they bend a little, or do not go in right the first time. It may take you a few tries, but don't give up. If the wires do not go all the way in and touch the back, then they are not long enough. To fix this simply strip a little more of the covering off, but not too much. Once you have all the wires in the seperators and touching the back we can continue. Below is what you should have at this point.

I'd suggest buying a crimping tool for this next part, and to save money just get a RJ45 crimper. What we need to do is force the 8 metal teeth into the wire, and also secure the plastic wedge or plunger the the cable. If you don't have a crimper you will need to put the RJ-45 connector down on something firm, and get the flathead screwdriver. Push the plastic wedge/plunger down by applying a little pressure to the screwdriver. You will also need to make sure that the 8 teeth are firmly pushed into the wire.


Wha lah! You have a crimped RJ-45 CAT5e Cable! Here's a little image enhancement to show what it should look like crimped.

Now all you have to do to finish your cable is measure out how long you want it to be, cut it with your cutters (make sure that you add 1 inch to the measurement for the connector) and then repeat what we just did with that end of the cable. Now, for under $20, you have up to 12 cables, that total up to 100 feet. Best of all, you made them yourself. So be proud and go brag to your friends ;-).

I'd like to thank Joey Sochacki for submitting this article. If you have any questions e-mail him here.

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