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How to Make Cat5e Patch Cables

Due to numerous requests for wiring diagrams or general information on how to build a category 5e patch cable, ComputerCableStore™ has created the following "How to Make a Cat 5e Patch Cables".

How to Make Cat 6 Patch Cables

ComputerCableStore™ has created the following "How to Make Cat6 Patch Cables" to help you make your own custom length Category 6 network cables.

How to Punch Down 110 Style Keystone Jacks

Step by Step instructions with detailed photos guide you through the process of punching down 110 style keystone jacks.

How to Terminate Coaxial Cables

Step by Step instructions with detailed photos guide you through the process of terminating coax cable.

TIA/EIA 568-A and 568-B Termination Color Codes

TIA/EIA-568-B.1-2001 is likely the most commonly used and talked about feature of the specification created in 1988. 568-a is the definition of pin assignments for the the pairs within Category 3 (CAT3), Category 5 (CAT5) and Category 6 (CAT6) unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cables.

How to Terminate Fiber Optic Cable

To begin, strip the cable down to the bare fiber using an appropriate fiber stripper such as the FiberOpticx Fiber Stripper. After you have prepared the end of the cable you may begin to mix the epoxy resin and hardener together and load it into a syringe.

Fiber Span Analysis Calculations

Calculate a rough estimate for Fiber Span link loss or Power Budget. Determine whether you will have enough power to span the link, or whether the power will be too high, thus requiring additional attenuation.

AWG - American Wire Gauge Chart

Since 1857, the American wire gauge (AWG), also known as the Brown & Sharpe wire gauge, has been predominantly used in the United States to determine the current-carrying capacity for round, solid, nonferrous, electrically conducting wire by using the cross-sectional area as a important determining factor.

Straight-through, Crossover, and Rollover Wiring

Detailed pictures and descriptions of Straight-Through, Crossover and Roller over wiring pin outs. Each of the various pin outs are compared and their specific applications identified clarifying a commonly confused subject.

How to Make Cat5e Patch Cables
UTP Patch Cable Due to numerous requests for wiring diagrams or general information on how to build patch cables, the Computer Cable Store™ has created the following "How to Make a Cat 5e Patch Cable". Within this "How To" article we have included all the information you should need to find the materials, tools, and info on how to build straight through Cat 5e Patch Cables and Crossover Cat 5e Patch Cables.

We will discuss materials needed, cable preparation, as well as connector termination.

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How to Terminate Keystone Jacks
Keystone Jack Punchdown Make sure the stripper is adjusted properly on a scrap piece of cable. The Stripper should be adjusted to only score the jacket to make removing it easier and not nick the twisted pairs. Using a Coaxial Stripper strip around 1 inch of the jacket off. Be careful not to nick the conductors as this will cause the wire to break or short out the connection causing problems down the road. Inspect all wires for damage before proceeding to step. Straighten the pairs out completely and lay them over the top of the keystone jack noting the color pattern for the 568b wiring. Note: Each keystone jack is slightly different in how they are labeled and how the colors are arranged. The 568B standard is most commonly used and ends of the cable must have the same standards to communicate. We have the 3 most common keystone jack styles pictured here. The first jack pictured has the 2 standard pairs on the right, and the 2 variable pairs on the left.

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Module Rca Idc Gold Component Kit Iv Module Rca Idc Gold Component Kit Iv

These high performance connectors provide a clean connection point for wired electronics to wall outlets allowing cables to be hidden within the walls or cabinetry. They provide for superior signal quality with minimal noise for component or Composite Video and audio systems. The RCA modular connectors come in various termination styles, RCA to coaxial F-connector, RCA to RCA, RCA to IDC (over UTP cable) and RCA to RG6/59 cable via a compression connector. They are available with six insulator colors red, green, blue, black, white, and yellow and come in four body colors almond, black, ivory, and white allowing maximum customization options. They are fully compatible with all ICC's modular faceplates and multi-media panels.
Composite video is the format of an analog television (picture only) signal before it is combined with a sound signal and modulated onto an RF carrier. Composite video is often designated by the CVBS acronym, meaning any of "Color, Video, Blank and Sync", "Composite Video Baseband Signal", "Composite Video Burst Signal", or "Composite Video with Burst and Sync". It is usually in a standard format such as NTSC, PAL, or SECAM. It is a composite of three source signals called Y, U and V (together referred to as YUV) with sync pulses. Y represents the brightness or luminance of the picture and includes synchronizing pulses, so that by itself it could be displayed as a monochrome picture. U and V represent hue and saturation or chrominance, between them they carry the color information. They are first mixed with two orthogonal phases of a color carrier signal to form a signal called the chrominance. Y and UV are then combined. Since Y is a baseband signal and UV has been mixed with a carrier, this addition is equivalent to frequency-division multiplexing.
An RCA jack, also referred to as a phono connector or Cinch connector, is a type of electrical connector that is commonly used in the audio/video market. The name "RCA" derives from the Radio Corporation of America, which introduced the design by the early 1940s to allow mono phonograph players to be connected to amplifiers.

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Modular Keystone Jack - RJ11 (6P6C) HD - Gray Modular Keystone Jack - RJ11 (6P6C) HD - Gray

The voice High Density (HD) modular connector, RJ-11 keystone jack, is 6-position 6-conductor (6P6C). It's HD design offers a smaller rear footprint, maximizing space in confined work areas, and allows the use of more connectors within the same space. The connector is designed for business system applications. The IDC accepts 22-24 AWG solid wire and is suitable for use with Apple Talk, DSL, Voice, and Arcnet applications.
1. RJ-11 Voice Module: A. Electrical: Current rating: 1.5 amps max. Voltage rating: 150 volts alternating Dielectric withstanding voltage: 1000 volts rms, 60Hz Insulation resistance: >10 mohms B. Mechanical: Mated force: 5 lbs max. Unmated force: 5 lbs max. Plug retention force: 20 lbs min. Durability: 750 cycles C. Physicals: Housing: ABS, UL 94V-0 Contact: Phosphor bronze gold plating over 100 inches of nickel Gold plating: 1.27 micron/50 micro inch min. Connector: insulation displacement connector (IDC) accepts 22~24 AWG solid wire D: Colors: XX: AL-Almond, BK-Black, BL-Blue, GN-Green, GY-Gray, IV-Ivory, OR-Orange, PR-Purple, RD-Red, WH-White, YL-Yellow 2. Termination cap: A. Material: PC, UL 94V-0 B. Color: Light gray

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