How to Wire a Cat5 Female Connector

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How to Wire a Cat5 Female Connector
Network Jack (ethernet image by MATTHIEU FABISIAK from

Cat5 cabling allows multiple computers and computer users to be connected to a shared network with access to the intranet. Cat5 connectivity requires that a male RJ-45 Ethernet cable be plugged into a female RJ-45 jack. Wire a Cat5 RJ-45 female jack by stripping a Cat5 cable, assigning the coloured wires to the proper jack slots and punching them into the jack.

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Things you need

  • cat5 cable
  • rj-45 jack
  • cat5 punch down tool
  • wire strippers
  • wire cutters

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    Wire an RJ-45 Ethernet Jack

  1. 1

    Strip two inches from the RJ-45 cable sheath.

  2. 2

    Separate the coloured wire pairs of the Cat5 cable.

  3. 3

    Place the RJ-45 female jack on a table with the "B" colours facing upward.

  4. 4

    Separate the orange and orange-white wires and place the RJ-45 cable above the RJ-45 female jack. Ensure that the sleeve of the cable is flush with the edge of the jack.

  5. 5

    Match the orange wire to the orange slot on the RJ-45 female jack. Use the punch tool to press the orange wire into the slot.

  6. 6

    Unwind and punch in the remaining coloured wires into their appropriate slots on the jack, moving down the left side of the RJ-45 jack first.

  7. 7

    Trim the excess coloured wires with a pair of wire cutters.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not to allow kinks in your coloured wires as this may cause data interruption.

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