RJ45 install with CAT 5E

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 Question by T Hart posted 25 Nov 2004
 RJ45 install with CAT 5E
I am currently building a custom house and have ran approximately 15 Cat 5E wires throughout the house.

I am now trying to decide if I want to terminate the RJ45/RJ11 ends and the patch panel myself or have a professional do it. While I have not performed this task before, I do work in the technology industry.

My questions are these:

If I choose to have someone complete the terminations, I may choose to strip the wires in preparation for the professional. Where can I find information/instructions on how to terminate modular RJ45 and RJ11 connections--in case I terminate the wires? How long should I strip the wires (1/4 inch, etc.) both on the RJ45 end as well as the patch panel(Systimax.com PATCHMAX®) end? Do I strip all 8 wires for a single RJ45?

Another question, with a single strand (4 pair) Cat 5E, can I create two RJ45 connections? If so, where can I find instructions on how to split the 4 pair (i.e., 1,2,3,6) to provide me with two connections? I am looking for a "how to" guide in case I choose to do it myself.

Thank you in advance,
Mr. Hart
 Answer by Joseph Golan posted 13 Dec 2004
Dear T,

You will not save much money by preping the strip length for the professional, and in actuality you may be doing more harm then good as the lay of the pairs is aslo important and without the insulation keeoing them in please they may separate in addition to the individual pair twist coming undone. You can find instructions for termination of cat5e cables from a number of manaufacturers, and most of them are relatively the same but there are some suttle differences.

There is an excellent book covering published by Leviton Telecom which is free. See this link for the download:

In addition there are some instruction on line video at:

For the splitting of a cable for two network connections (this is not recommended) see the links above resources|references|pin layouts then select this link "Splitting a 4-pair CAT5E/6 cable between two Ethernet PCs"

Joseph Golan, RCDD

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