How to Wire Cat6

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How to Wire Cat6
Assemble a CAT 6 patch cable with ease. (Ashley Jouhar/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • RJ45 crimping tool
  • RJ45 CAT6 connectors
  • CAT6 cable, 6 feet
  • Wire stripping tool
  • Wire cutting tool

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Instructions

  1. 1

    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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

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

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