Ask the Expert: Best Practice for Making Network Cables
By: Junior Castro, ConvergeSecure® Engineer
Originally shared March 13, 2018
Creating network cables is very cost effective, but do not get caught in the pitfalls of shortcuts that result in making them correctly. A poorly made cable will eventually become an issue, and sometimes could be one of the last things you may think of.
First, below is a picture of the tools you need to create properly, well made cables:
I always like to use my UTP (unshielded twisted pair) cable Stripper, (Labeled A in the “Tools” picture) which helps ensure you do not cut the thin plastic shielding protecting the 8 copper cables inside.
Next, untwist all pairs and line up the cables in appropriate color combination. I always use T-568B white orange, orange, white green, Blue, white blue, green, white brown, brown as that is typically standard. Make sure the cables are grouped together straight and tight, and trim all of them with wire cutters (Labeled B in the “Tools” picture) making sure to cut wires to equal length with only ½ inch of cable exposed after the outside shield that protects all the cables.
Insert all cables into the CAT5/CAT6 plug connector and make sure none of the wires moved or got bent in the process. Then, use cable crimpers (labeled C in the “Tools” picture) and do the same on both ends of the cable as shown below. Make sure you test your cables and if possible use a cable tester to verify your work is complete.
Good cabling job: Bad cabling job:
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