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How to wire a cat 6 cable

Updated July 20, 2017

CAT6 network cable is still considered a newer model in today's technology. It is wired the same as other network cables such as CAT5 that most still use. However, CAT6 does have some differences and more advantages. It is backwards compatible with lower category network cables. Unlike CAT5, it utilises all four twisted pairs. CAT6 supports communications at more than twice the speed of CAT5e and is used for the transfer of much larger files. There are multiple plans in the future for CAT6 and higher cabling. Follow a few steps to create your CAT6 network cable.

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  1. Cut the amount of network cable needed. Use wire strippers to strip the outside covering off of the wires (about two inches). Untwist the twisted wires.

  2. Position the wires in the following order from left to right (T568B wiring diagram): "White/Orange; Orange; White/Green; Blue; White/Blue; Green; White/Brown; Brown"

  3. Flatten and straighten wires.

  4. Cut the ends of the wires to make them the same length. Strip the ends of the wires so approximately 3/4 inch is left exposed.

  5. Position the RJ-45 connector (network connector) in front of you. Make sure you can see the hole where you will connect and push the wires in. The snap connector piece of the RJ-45 should be on the bottom.

  6. Insert the wires into the RJ-45 plug. Verify that each wire is fully inserted to the front of the plug and in the correct order. The covering of the Ethernet cable should extend into the RJ-45 connector.

  7. Using crimpers, crimp the RJ-45 connector. Do this a few times to assure that the gold metal prongs are all flat and the cable is tight.

  8. Repeat the steps for the other side of the network cable.

  9. Test the cable.

  10. Tip

    Cable tester is good to test the cable when completed. (not necessary to have)


    Be careful when cutting/stripping the cover of the wires; not to cut into the actual wires.

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Things You'll Need

  • Ethernet cable
  • Wire strippers
  • RJ45 connectors
  • RJ45 crimper

About the Author

Chris Granger started writing professionally in 2010. He brings almost six years as a communication specialist in the military and more than 10 years of computer technology experience to his writing. He has an Associate of Arts in communications from Troy University.

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