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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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HD CAT6 Keystone Jack 180 Degree - Black HD CAT6 Keystone Jack 180 Degree - Black

High Density (HD) CAT6 Keystone Jacks from Networx™ provide the ultimate performance at a competitive price. Whether they are being used in a home network installation or being pushed to the limits by the largest data hungry applications out there; these HD Keystone Jacks will live up to the expectations time and time again. The Phosphor Bronze termination contacts will stand up to multiple punches while the Keystone Jacks as a whole meet or exceed the industry standard TIA/EIA 568-B. Color coding and quick identification just got a whole lot easier. Thanks to the multiple colors available from Networx™ organization will no longer require time consuming labeling, simply set up your color scheme and you are on your way to organizational bliss. Labeled with both 568-A and 568-B color codes there will be no more memorizing color codes; simply match the colors and punch down. Networx™ HD Category 6 Keystone Jacks are 8-Position 8-Conductor (8P8C) and use the same 110 Punch Down style that most patch panels use; no switching blades when jumping from keystone jacks to patch panels. Get the most out of your network with Networx™ HD Category 6 Keystone Jacks.

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Blank Plug for Networx™ Wall Plate - 10 Pack - Ivory Blank Plug for Networx™ Wall Plate - 10 Pack - Ivory

Networx™ Blank Plugs are great for covering up any unused ports in a keystone wall plate. Available in 3 Colors (Black, Ivory, White) these blank plugs will fill in any unused ports that were left over for future expansion. Compatible with all Networx™ Wall Plates. Future proofing network installations is a viable option that will leave your network ready to make any adjustments that are required. Networx™ Blank Plugs allow you to install extra network ports when needed without purchasing new Wall Plates.

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