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    I made my first network cable today!

    with all the knowledge and experience i have in computers i've NEVER actually made a cat5 cable before lol, i've just never needed to

    well now at my new job, there is a need to know, so today Tai (one of the guys i work with) showed me how, and it's actually pretty easy, just very tedious

    my first cable i made didn't work, i got 2 cables crossed (used a line tester to see if it works) just on one end, snipped it off and fixed it, my second cable worked the first time! I ended up making 10 6' cables today, pretty neat stuff! now i can just buy the spindles, since they are cheaper, and make my own cables for my needs now
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    Congrats!

    It only gets easier from here. Eight years of terminating, want my job?
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    I've setup a few networks at work last year, it's hell on your finger tips when striping/crimping those little wires!

    You'll build up some major finger callus!

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    I swear woman are the best at terminating RJ-45, RJ-11, RJ-12 connectors. They have slender hands and fingers. Perfect for fanning out the wires and inserting them into the connectors.
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    Originally posted by BMED
    I've setup a few networks at work last year, it's hell on your finger tips when striping/crimping those little wires!

    You'll build up some major finger callus!
    Brents the fapmaster, hes already sportin the callouses.
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    Originally posted by brembo


    Brents the fapmaster, hes already sportin the callouses.
    Did you say Spanky?
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    Originally posted by Joint Chiefs Of Staff


    Did you say Spanky?
    Did you eat paint chips as a child?
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    Originally posted by brembo


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    Lead based paints..yummmmm!
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    go brent go brent.. its your birthday
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    damn you're lucky...

    I had to crimp Cat5 cables for all the cables in my network (small Network; but still)..

    it sux..I hate making those freaking cables...

    8 cables every one of them has to perfectly align...arg...
    I think they should come out with a RJ55 =connector 3x bigger

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    go brent go brent.. its your birthday

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    Originally posted by HalfLifer



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    Originally posted by Joint Chiefs Of Staff
    I swear woman are the best at terminating RJ-45, RJ-11, RJ-12 connectors. They have slender hands and fingers. Perfect for fanning out the wires and inserting them into the connectors.
    Boy, that's the truth.... I hate doing those damn things, especially repairs on a soft, flexible cable, trying to keep them aligned. My wife will just grab the cable.... hold it out and look at it for a minute.... and pop it into the connector. And it'll work for her every time.

    Geez.... must be our fat fingers...
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    Originally posted by Joint Chiefs Of Staff
    I swear woman are the best at terminating RJ-45, RJ-11, RJ-12 connectors. They have slender hands and fingers. Perfect for fanning out the wires and inserting them into the connectors.
    never actually done an RJ11...
    RJ11 = phone cable right?

    RJ-11s should be easy compared to those damn Cat5's

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    Originally posted by BaLa

    never actually done an RJ11...
    RJ11 = phone cable right?

    RJ-11s should be easy compared to those damn Cat5's
    Standard Phone Cord/Jack Connector, 4 Pairs, two pins utilized (RJ-11)
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    Originally posted by twwabw


    Boy, that's the truth.... I hate doing those damn things, especially repairs on a soft, flexible cable, trying to keep them aligned. My wife will just grab the cable.... hold it out and look at it for a minute.... and pop it into the connector. And it'll work for her every time.

    Geez.... must be our fat fingers...
    Silver Satin cable (Flat) is the worse. I find that Nordex CDT and Commscope cat5 or cat5e is the easiest to terminate. Woman just have a way with cable terminations that most men don't.

    It's called finesse.
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    Re: I made my first network cable today!

    Originally posted by Brent
    just very tedious
    Yes they are.

    I have to get my guide out in the event I need to do one to see which order the wires go.

    Thankfully, I don't have to do it all that often.

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    i'd like to buy 1000ft from newegg, but 1 i could use a picture illistration on how to make my own and 2 where do i get the connectors?

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    Its neat doing your first cable, because then you get to really see how everything works together. Its a pain in the butt though for me, and I could never terminate cables repeatedly.

    In school we are learning about Telecom patch panels. They have interesting cables. We had to wire all four corners of the class with 2 strands of wire. Each person was paried with another, one for send one for recieve. We then had to cut the telecom cable, pick out one pair strand and cross-connect both sides on the same connectors. The plugs they use are like big speaker amp plugs, with its connectors in different regions of the metal.

    Pretty fricking cool stuff if you ask me.

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    Originally posted by YARDofSTUF
    i'd like to buy 1000ft from newegg, but 1 i could use a picture illistration on how to make my own and 2 where do i get the connectors?
    http://www.duxcw.com/digest/Howto/ne...able/index.htm

    for teh connectors; Radio Shack has them but not very cheap...
    look around on the www...

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