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How To Make Ethernet Cable

How To Make An Ethernet Cable

Stripping, crimping, and testing your own Ethernet cable is not as difficult as it sounds, in fact I would go as far as to say after a little bit of practice it can be pretty easy. there are many reasons why you might want to build your own Ethernet cable is opposed to buying per-made cables from the store:

  • It’s easier to fish cables without ends on them
  • You can make the exact size you need without having extra line in the way
  • Buying Ethernet cable in bulk is cheaper than buying batch cables
  • Faster Internet Than Wireless, lets you do cool things like listen to Pandora Radio faster!

How To Make Ethernet Cable Tutorial Video

Samer Sultan put together a tutorial video giving you a close up look of the process of stripping, crimping, and testing a networking cable.

What Do I Need To Make Networking Cables?

You will need a couple of tools to get started, most of these can be found at, their prices will be significantly lower and reading the user reviews will help you make a better decision.
I have included a link to the tools I’m using in the video below, you can follow the link by clicking each item and it will take you to the corresponding product page on

Networking Tools To Make Ethernet Cables

The following is a list of the essentials to making Network Cables, be sure to invest in quality tools as they will last you longer and help you achieve consistent results.

  • Side Cutters

    A good pair of side cutters will make cutting cables a lot easier, essential to any networking job.
    Ethernet cable cutters

  • RJ-45 Crimper and Stripper

    Its important to invest in a nice crimper, it will make the job easier. The ones I am using in the video can be found here
    Cimper Tool

  • Ethernet Cable

    When picking Ethernet cable be sure to get the correct rated cable for your application, you can select from cat 5, cat 5e, and cat 6 as well as sheiled and unsheilded (rated for in wall, in riser tube, or standard in room use). The cable I am using in the video can be found here
    Ethernet Cable

  • Bag of RJ45 Fittings

    Quality RJ45 fittings will be vital to making long lasting cables, I use these ones in the video.
    RJ45 fittings for cat5e


  • Ethernet Cable Tester

    Having a cable tester will let you know if there are shorts in your cable.I use this one in the video,it works great for both testing cables and tracing cables.
    Ethernet cable tester

RJ45 Ethernet Cable Wiring Diagrams

In the tutorial video I went over how to wire a T568B Ethernet patch cable, and then mentioned a crossover cable. Before we dig deeper into what these mean I’ve included the wiring diagrams for these standards.

T568A Ethernet Patch Cable

T568A can be used to connect devices together throughout a local network, for example your wireless router, Roku box, and Xbox 360 would use a T568A standard Ethernet cable to connect to your local area network.
T568 A Ethernet Patch Cable

T568B Ethernet Patch Cable

T568B reverses the green and orange pairs, besides this it serves the same function as a T568A Ethernet cable.
T568 B Ethernet Patch Cable

T568A to T568B Cross Over Cable

A crossover cable has one side crimped to the T568B and the other side to the T568A standard or vice versa. A crossover cable would be used when there is no local area network and to devices need to be linked together to transfer packets.
T568 B to T568 A Cross Over Cable

Now You’re Ready to Start Building Your Network

With the tutorial you just completed and your new tools you’re ready to start making your own Ethernet cables. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to practice and learn so that you can learn and come to build your own best practices.
Future networking tutorials will be going over setting up managed switches and routers, as well as other networking topologies not commonly seen in residential installations however still prevalent in some industries.


How Did Your Cable Turn Out?

Seriously, go get these tools and try it out. Comment below to tell us what you think of the tutorial, or ask for help. Once you’ve made a couple of cables, it becomes easy. And make sure you subscribe to the Sultan Solutions Tech Blog!

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