Terminating and Crimping

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 Question by john raphael posted 27 Jun 2002
 Terminating and Crimping
Hi, there.
I've been checking U guys out for the very first time; stumbled on this site via a "how to crimp and terminate" search!!! Like what i've read so far!!
Q: cat5e wiring is being done in the drop-ceiling
Cat5's will be dropped near ea. node. How do I go about CRIMPING and TERMINATING these "drops"?
Usually specific cabling depts in my organization were responsible for cabling; but not anymore due to cuts etc. Well...Can anyone explain / give me ideas as to which books, sites will help me learn to do this? How difficult / intricate is this task? THANKS MUCH IN ADVANCE!!!!!
 Answer by Dmitri Abaimov posted 27 Jun 2002
Dear John,

CRIMPING is usually refered to as technique used to attach a plug on a cable. So, talking about your case, you need TERMINATIONS. These are usually done with special punch-down tools, and the jacks usually have so-called IDC (Insulation Displacement Connector) connectors that the tool is setting wire down to.

Basically, it is never recommended to CRIMP a plug onto a drop cable because it may wear out or the length may not be enough if equipment moves. On the other hand, a jack (usually, 8-pin one called RJ45), provides mean of connecting a cord to a cable. When the caord goes bad, or you need a longer one, you just disconnect the old and connect the new one back on.

You can be sure there is much more to say on how it's being done, so, I welcome you to browse our bookstore, specifically "cabling" section, and get a book on cabling: http://www.cabling-design.com/marketplace/books/
Premises Cabling by Donald J.
is especially good to start with.

Good luck!

Oh, BTW, if you're looking for outsorcing the cabling work "due to cuts etc.", please drop me a message at rcdd@cabling-design.com I'd be glad to help.

Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD

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