How to Make Your Own Network Cables

Although most people today only are using wireless networks, You can have great benefits of combining wired and wireless network. If you are like me and have a Home media server or a media center PC, network speed and stability is important.



But having allot of network cables running around the house isn’t always pretty, and if you are buying predetermine cable length you often get a “cable spaghetti” in your network.

Creating your own network cables can often be both convenient and economical if you plan on making cable networks for data (or telephone). And you will then be able to decide the length of the cable, which will make it neater around the machines to.

The two most common wires in a wierd network is standard and crossed.

Standard Cat5 cable with RJ-45 connector using most often to connect two (or more) machine in a network with router.

Use a crossover cable if you want to connect two computers with a cable (non router between them) or if you want to connect multiple routers in the network. (also used often to connect certain ADSL rotate directly to your computer)


In order to make network cables, you need the following:


Cat5 cable  RJ-45 connector          RJ-45 Crimper (seaweed)
cat5cable      rj45  rj45-crimper

Making the cable

In order to make a Cat5 cable with RJ-45 connector, it is important to know where the cable 1 to 8 will be going into the plug.
rj45 patch

Normally RJ-45 wall jacks are numbered from 1 to 8 or color coded to make it easy. However, some RJ-45 wall jacks are the numbers 1,2,3,7,8,4,5,6 you should then ignore these and instead follow the normal standard.

Standard Cat5

Standard Cat5 cable with RJ-45 jack is normaly the moste used as a network. Here is the wiring diagram over Cat5 cable. (Standard Cat5 is equal on both ends of the cable)


Crossed Cat5

cable In a crossover Cat5 cable setup is a little different. You will see that at one end of the cable is setup as a normal standard Cat5, but at the other end of the cable setup is a little different. (this is where the cable crosses. cable 3 and 6 goes to 1 and 2 while the wire 1 and 2 go to 3, and 6)




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