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Old December 30, 2008, 01:05 PM
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Yeah make sure you write down the colour code on the good end and use the proper type on the other. You want both types to be the same (ie. 568A) if you are connecting different devices such as a computer to router, and you want to have one end 568A and the other 568B if you are connecting two same devices (ie. Computer to Computer).(568A or 568B 586A & 586B ) Although it is not as important as it used to be since many routers and NICs autosense the cable type and adjust. I would play it safe and wire for the main purpose you want to use it for.

As for doing this without a crimper, have fun!

If you are going to try it, use a small flat-head screwdriver to push down the pins into the wires. You will need to push down all 8 pins into the 8 wires. Before pushing down your pins make sure that all of the individual wires are completely pushed to the end of the jack. This will avoid you pushing down a pin and having the pin miss the wire. A common mistake by rookies is that they put the jack on upside down (make sure the clip is facing down when you put the cable in the jack). Also make sure the pins are pushed down far enough that you don't end up damaging your NIC port when you plug in your newly made cable in...if the pins are not pushed down far enough, you can eventually damage your NIC port by plugging it in and out over time.

You need to make extra sure that the orange and green wires are done well, as these are the ones that the data are transmitted on. (The other wires are typically just for insulation so if one of the other colours get messed up, give the cable a try anyways.) You might want to find a bigger flat-head screwdriver to push down the piece of plastic that pinches the jacket of the cable to keep the jack in place.

Good luck...this can be done but it will be pretty frustrating and will not exactly be the best quality cable lol. You might also want to make sure you have more than one jack and some additional cable sticking out of the wall in case you have to retry the crimp...
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