How to terminate an ethernet cable with Cat6a RJ45 plug

Terminating a solid cable with an Cat6a, Cat7 or Cat8 RJ45 connector plug requires some specific tools and techniques. Especially assembling big gauge solid wires into RJ45 modular plug inserts can be a little tricky, but with the right tools and skills, it can be done easily. Here are some tips that can help:

Materials and Tools needed:

Solid Ethernet cable (CAT6a, CAT7 or CAT8)

RJ45 connector plug (two-piece type)

Cable stripper or a sharp knife

Crimping tool with RJ45 port

Cable tester (optional)

Step 1: Strip the cable.

Using a cable stripper or a sharp knife, strip off about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of the outer insulation from the cable. Be careful not to damage the inner wires.

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Step 2: Untwist and straighten wires.

If the cable is shielded, cut off the AL foil and part of the braid firstly, then untwist and straighten the conductor wires and drain wires.

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Step 3: Trim the wires.

Arrange the wires according to the desired wiring scheme. The most common wiring scheme is the T568B standard, which has the following color-coding:

T568B: White-Orange, Orange, White-Green, Blue, White-Blue, Green, White-Brown, Brown

T568A: White-Green, Green, White-Orange, Blue, White-Blue, Orange, White-Brown, Brown

Using a wire cutter or scissors, trim the wires so they are all the same length, leaving about 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) of exposed wire.

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Step 4: Insert wires into load bar.

Insert the wires into the plastic RJ45 connector load bar in the correct order, following the wiring scheme T568B or T568A.

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Step 5: Insert wires into pug body.

Insert the wires and bar into the plug body, make sure the wires are fully inserted and reach the end of the connector.

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Step 6: Trim the drain wires.

Cut off the extra length of drain wires and the staying braid.

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Step 7: Crimp the PINs.

Using a crimping tool with an RJ45 port, crimp the connector PINS onto the wires. Be sure to apply enough pressure to ensure a secure connection.

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Step 8: Crimp the tails.

Using another port for crimping the plug’s tail, ensure the tail fully wrap the cable and drain wires.

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Step 9: Test the connection (optional) If you have a cable tester, use it to test the connection to ensure that it is working properly. If you don’t have a tester, you can plug the cable into a network device and check that it is able to establish a connection.

Congratulations, you have successfully terminated a shielded solid cable with an RJ45 connector plug, means you have made a copper ethernet patch cord!


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