How to Wire Cat6

Updated April 17, 2017

Ethernet networks now typically support gigabit speeds to workstations that are connected to the network. Unlike the Fast Ethernet 100 Mbps networks, Gigabit Ethernet networks (1000 Mbps) require cables manufactured according to the CAT5e or CAT6 specification for the cable infrastructure. Once the network infrastructure is installed, each network host requires a CAT5e or CAT6 patch cable to plug into network jacks or directly to a network switch. Construct six foot CAT6 patch cables for each host that requires gigabit connectivity to the network.

Insert the wire strands into the RJ45 CAT6 connectors in the following order, counting the pins in the RJ45 CAT6 connector from left to right with the connector tab facing down and the pins oriented away from you:

Pin 1 White/Green wire

Pin 2 Green wire

Pin 3 White/Orange wire

Pin 4 Blue wire

Pin 5 White/Blue wire

Pin 6 Orange wire

Pin 7 White/Brown wire

Pin 8 Brown wire

Push the wires into the RJ45 connector until the wires touch the end of the inside of the connector. Insert the connector into the RJ45 crimping tool, then push the wires firmly into the connector so that the CAT6 sheath is inside the connector. Squeeze the handle of the crimping tool firmly to press the RJ45 pins into the wires.

Repeat the procedure for the other end of the cable to complete assembly of a CAT6 patch cable.

Things You'll Need

  • RJ45 crimping tool
  • RJ45 CAT6 connectors
  • CAT6 cable, 6 feet
  • Wire stripping tool
  • Wire cutting tool
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Dave Wilson has been writing technical articles since 1993, including manuals, instructional "how-to" tips and online publications with various websites. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and has Microsoft, Cisco, and ISC2 (CISSP) technical certifications. He also has experience with a broad range of computer platforms, embedded systems, network appliances and Linux.