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How to make a Cat 6 Patch Cable

Cat 6 Patch Cable Assembly Instructions

Download - How to make a Cat 6 Patch Cable

Step 1

This procedure generally applies to Cat 6 RJ45 connectors.
An alternate method is given for connectors utilizing a "load bar".

See Connectors

Step 2

Cut the cable to the length needed.
If you plan to use snagless boots, this would be a good time to slide them on.
Be sure the boots will be facing "out" towards the connector.

See Snagless Boots

Step 3

Strip back the cable jacket approximately 1 inch.
Use the cutter provided with the crimping tool or strip by hand.
Be careful not to nick the individual wires.
Un-twist each of the 4 pairs and straighten each wire as much as possible between the fingers.

Grouped and Sorted wires Stripping the Cable

Step 4

Use the 568-B wiring scheme on both ends for a standard patch cable.

Inserting wires into connector

For a crossover type cable use the 568-B scheme on one end and the 568A on the other end.

Inserting wires into connector

Step 5

Bring all of the wires together as closely as possible.
Hold the grouped (and sorted) wires together tightly between the thumb, and the forefinger.
Cut all of the wires at a perfect 90 degree angle from the cable,
1/2 inch from the end of the cable jacket.
Use a sharp cutting tool so as not to "squash" the wire ends.

See Precision Cutting Tool

Inserting wires into connector Precision Cutting Tool

Step 6

With the connector pins facing up, carefully insert the wires into the connector.
Apply a moderate amount of force in order to properly seat the wires against the contacts in the connector.

Alternate for "load bar" Type Connectors


Note that the loadbar has slots on one side with a flanged edge on one end.
The sloted side should face the pins inside the connector.
The wires are inserted into the flanged end.

Observing loadbar orientation


Hold the grouped (and sorted) wires together tightly, between the thumb, and forefinger.
Cut all of the wires at a sharp angle from the cable.
Use a sharp cutting tool so as not to "squash" the wire ends.

Preparing the conductor


Hold the load bar so the staggered holes face toward the cable.
Insert the wires through the load bar, one at a time, carefully observing the orientation.
Slide the load bar as far down as possible.

Conductord inserted into Load Bar


Cut off the excess wire ends with a straight cut about 0.25" past the load bar.
With the connector pins facing up, slide the load bar assembly into the connector.
Insure that the wires are firmly seated to the end of the connector.
The brown pair wires should be on the right side.

Inserting Load bar into Connector

Step 7

Observe the tip of the connector to confirm that all the wires are fully inserted.
The end of each wire you should be in full view.
There should be enough of the cable jacket inside the connector to crimp against.

Tip: Slide the load bar forward as necessary to provide the ideal placement.

Top view of wires inside the connector Front view of wires inside the connector

Step 8

Place the connector into the crimp tool, and squeeze hard so that the handle reaches its full swing.

See Crimping Tools

Crimping the cable

Step 9

Repeat the process on the other end using the desired wiring scheme.
Be sure to slide the snagless boots snugly over the connectors when finished.

Step 10

Always use a cable tester to check for continuity, opens and shorts.

See Cable Testers

Testing the cable

Step 11

Building patch cables takes practice so keep at it until you master your technique!

Download - How to make a Cat 6 Patch Cable

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