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
Strip two inches from the RJ-45 cable sheath.
Separate the coloured wire pairs of the Cat5 cable.
Place the RJ-45 female jack on a table with the "B" colours facing upward.
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.
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.
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.
Trim the excess coloured wires with a pair of wire cutters.
Wire an RJ-45 Ethernet Jack
Tips and warnings
- Do not to allow kinks in your coloured wires as this may cause data interruption.
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