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How to wire a gigabit ethernet cable

Updated February 20, 2018

Ethernet cables are used to connect parts of a wired network together. As computer networks become faster, the types of connection cables must also improve. Therefore, when assembling a "Gigabit Ethernet" network, you must use connection cables that can support transfer rates of one gigabit per second.

Category 6 Ethernet cables (or Cat6 for short) can support the high-speed data transfer rates of a Gigabit Ethernet network. These cables are also electrically compatible with older equipment, such as 10BaseT and 100BaseT Ethernet hubs and switches. In fact, the procedure for creating a Cat6 Ethernet cable is identical to the procedure for creating a Category 5 Ethernet cable.

Cut a length of data cable, and remove half an inch of the outer insulation jacket from each end of the cut length of cable.

At one end of the data cable, untwist each of the pairs of wires. Arrange the wires in the following order, left-to-right: orange/white, orange, green/white, blue, blue/white, green, brown/white, and brown. Place an RJ-45 plug end (flat side facing you) over the wires, and push the wires firmly into the connector until the wire ends touch the front of the RJ-45 connector.

Crimp the plug to the data cable.

Untwist each of the pairs of wires at the other end of the cable. Arrange the wires at this end of the cable in the following order, left-to-right: orange/white, orange, green/white, blue, blue/white, green, brown/white, and brown. Place an RJ-45 plug end (flat side facing you) over the wires, and push the wires firmly into the connector until the wire ends touch the front of the RJ-45 connector. Crimp the plug to the data cable.

Things You'll Need

  • Spool of Category 6 data cable
  • Two RJ-45 plugs (cable ends)
  • Telephone cable crimper
  • Wire cutters
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David Sandoval has served as a trainer and technical writer since 2000. He has written several articles online in the fields of home improvement, finance, electronics and science. Sandoval has an Associate of Applied Science in microelectronics from Northern New Mexico College.