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!!!!!
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 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.
Sterling
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.

Sincerely,
Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD

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