Cat 5 Wiring Diagram
How to Assemble Cat5 or Cat6 Patch Cables
- Strip the cable jacket back a couple inches from the end of the cable. This makes the wires easy to sort.
- Sort the pairs in the order shown on the diagrams below.
- Cut off the excess about 1/2 inch from the end of the jacket.
- Insert the pairs into the connector. The wires should each go all the way in. The jacket should insert far enough in to be crimped.
- Crimp the pins with a crimp tool
- Repeat for other end.
- Test your new patch cable.
- If the jacket does not go into the connector, wires will not only look bad, but they will be prone to failure.
- Wires un-twisted for more than 1/2 inch make a poor quality connection.
- Cat5 wiring should not be run parallel to electrical wires. Cross electrical wires at 90º.
Standard Patch Cable B is the most commonly used, and is considered to be the industry standard. To connect 2 computers with Cat 5 or Cat 6 cable without a hub look to the bottom Cat 5 wiring diagram.
|Standard Patch Cable A
EIA/TIA 568A Color Scheme
Standard Patch Cable B
Crossed Patch Cable