Crimping Network Cable
Insert the cable into the stripper section of the tool and squeeze it tight. Then, rotate the crimping tool around the cable in a smooth and even motion to create a clean cut. Keep the tool clamped and pull away towards the end of the wire to remove the sheathing.
- *The stripping section is a round hole near the handle of the tool.
- *The sheathing should come off cleanly, leaving the wires exposed.
Inside of the cable you’ll see a bunch of smaller wires twisted
together. Separate the twisted wires and straighten them out so they’re
easier to sort into the right order.
- *Cut off the small plastic wire separator or core so it’s out of the way.
- *Don’t cut off or remove any of the wires or you won’t be able to crimp them into the connector.
Use your fingers to put the wires in the correct order so they can be
properly crimped. The proper sequence is as follows from left to right:
Orange/White, Orange, Green/White, Blue, Blue/White, Green, Brown/White,
- *There are 8 wires in total that need to be arranged in the right sequence.
- *Note that the wires labeled Orange/White or Brown/White indicate the small wires that have 2 colors.
Hold the wires with your thumb and index finger to keep them in order.
Then, use the cutting section of the crimping tool to cut them into an
- *The cutting section of the tool will resemble wire cutters.
- *The wires must be in an even line to be crimped into the RJ-45 connector properly. If you cut them in an uneven line, move further down the wires and cut them again.
Hold the RJ-45 connector so the clip is on the underside and the small
metal pins are facing up. Insert the cable into the connector so that
each of the small wires fits into the small grooves in the connector.
- *The sheathing of the cable should fit just inside of the connector so it’s past the base.
- *If any of the small wires bend or don’t fit into a groove correctly, take the cable out and straighten the wires with your fingers before trying again.
- *The wires must be inserted in the correct order and each wire must fit into a groove before you crimp the connector.
Insert the connector in the crimping section of the tool until it can’t
fit any further. Squeeze the handles to crimp the connector and secure
the wires. Release the handles, then squeeze the tool again to make sure
all of the pins are pushed down.
*The crimping tool pushes small pins in the grooves down onto the wires to hold and connect them to the RJ-45 connector.
Take the connector out of the tool and look at the pins to see that
they’re all pushed down in an even line. Lightly tug at the connector to
make sure it’s attached to the cable.
*If any of the pins aren’t pushed down, put the wire back into the crimping tool and crimp it again.