A good CAT5 termination Provides a proper wire crimp, a wire insulation strain relief crimp and a cable strain relief crimp. Also important, is not unwinding the wires more than necessary, maintaining the twists as far as possible is important, but don't let it stop you from inserting the wires as far as possible. I've made a lot of these cables personally, and this is how I do it. *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, (ie. 568A, 568B, etc.) *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. * The wires should reach the end of the little tube they are in, if possible, or at least past the farthest point of that "little funny Gold Plated thingy"above it, which will terminate it. * The jacket should go even with the end of the first indent, if possible, it's a strain relief for the cable. *Insert it into the crimping tool, and Crimp it! All of this is very dependant on the tools you are using, the connectors you are using, and the cable you are using. A bad combination can be hell! While the cables are basically "straight through" wired, it is of crucial importance which twisted pairs go to which contacts! If you hold up the connector with the contacts up and facing towards you, pin #1 is on the left, #8 is on the right.
How to wire a "Crossover" Cable. (EIA 568-B*) Wire up one side according to EIA 568-A and wire up the other side according to EIA 568-B. ** You may ask, what is the difference between WHT/BLU and BLU/WHT? The first listed color is predominant. So WHT/BLU is white with a blue stripe. BLU/WHT is Blue with a white stripe. ____________________________________ Good Network Cable Resources on the Web: Data Communications Cabling FAQ Cabling-Design.Com Speedguide.net Networking forums Google Groups: comp.dcom.cabling