How to make a Patch Cable
We Have received many requests from our customers for information on how to make a cable. So below we will discuss the basic instructions for creating your own patch cable. We hope you find the instructions informative
- Strip the cables Jacket back one full inch.
- Untwist the wires back to within 1/8" of the jacket.
- Arrange the wires in the order in which you want to crimp them. You can choose from either the 568-A or 568-B wiring methods, however the 568-B is the most commonly used.
- Grasp the wires firmly, between your thumb and forefinger, flatten them, and even wiggle them a bit, to take out the curliness, (concentrate your efforts on the bottom 1/2") the wires must lay flat and together, aligned as close as possible.
- While holding the wires firmly, cut off the the wires 1/2" from the cables jacket (Cut the wires with some sharp wire strippers or even high quality scissors, avoid wire cutters that flatten the ends of the wires insulating material, this makes stuffing the wires very difficult.)
- Stuff the wires into the connector, making sure the wires stay lined up. Push moderately hard to assure that all of the wires have reached the end of the connector. Be sure that the cable jacket goes into the back of the connector by about 3/16".
- Place the connector into a crimp tool, and squeeze hard so that the handle reaches it's full swing.
- Repeat the process on the other end. For a straight through cable, use the same wiring.
- Use a cable tester to test for proper continuity