How To’s

How to Terminate Ethernet Jacks on Cat 5e, Cat 6, and Cat 6A Cable

Probably the most common task that I have performed over the years in networking is terminating Ethernet jacks. Almost every project I have ever worked on has required me to do at least one of them so it is a skill that almost everyone who builds or maintains a network will need to learn sooner or later. The good news is that, while terminating Ethernet jacks can feel intimidating, it really is not that difficult of a thing to do. With the tips and instruction in this article and bit of practice I am confident that you will have no problem at all getting the job done.

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How to Terminate RJ45 Connectors on Cat 5e, Cat 6, and Cat 6A Cable

While terminating an RJ45 connector can be an intimidating task anyone can quickly learn everything that they need to know about the process simply by following the instructions and advice of someone who has been doing it a long time. In the remainder of this article, you will find the advice that was given to me more than a decade ago along with some little nuggets of information I have found since then. I hope that the information is as useful to you as it was for me. 

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How to Run Ethernet Through a Wall Horizontally

You may need to run your network cable through a wall horizontally because there is no usable utility space above or below the room you are working in. You may also choose to use one of the methods in this article because the distance that your cable needs to travel is not very far and it does not make sense to run the cable to the attic and back again just to extend a network across a room. Whatever the reason you may need to run an Ethernet cable through a wall horizontally, here are a few of my favorite methods for getting the job done. 

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How to Convert Phone Lines to Ethernet

It is not uncommon to be able to convert phone lines to Ethernet, but before you get started you need to make sure that the phone lines were originally put in using the right kind of cable and topology (or network design) to be able to be used for Ethernet. Once you are sure the original network was set up in a way suitable for conversion it is simply a process of re terminating all of the cables with the proper connectors and verifying that everything is set up correctly.

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How to Find the Other End of an Ethernet Cable

Depending on the network there are several ways to find the other end of an Ethernet cable. If you are lucky they will be labeled with some information that can give you a clue as to where to start looking. If you are not so lucky there are still a hand full of tools and techniques that you can use to track down the other end of a cable including your network router, multi-meters, and specialized tools called toners.

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