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Video Products, Inc., Computers  Dealers, Aurora, OH

How to assemble a Category 5e Solid or Stranded RJ45 Plug

Materials Required
  • CAT5e Cable
  • CAT5e Plug
  • CAT5e Stripper
  • Cutters
  • RJ45 Crimp Tool
    • Try VPI's Crimp Tool – it Cuts, Crimps and Strips.
  • CAT5e Cable Tester
Carefully strip the jacketing from the cable to one inch. Step 1. Carefully strip the jacketing from the cable to expose 1" of the insulated wire conductors. Do not remove any insulation from the conductors.

Step 2. Untwist the pairs to within 1/8" of the jacket. Arrange the wires according to TIA/EIA 568A & 568B standards. Flatten and align the wires. Make one straight cut across all the conductors, removing approximately ½" to ensure the ends are of equal length.

Insert prepared cable into plug. Step 3. Hold the connector in front of you with the locking tab down. Orient the wires so connector Pin 1 aligns with cable Pin 1, etc. Pin 1 is on the far left. Slide the wires into the CAT5e connector. The cable jacket should extend into the connector about 1/4" for strain relief.
Insert prepared cable into plug. Step 4. Insert the plug into a crimp tool. Firmly squeeze the handles to set the contacts and secure the cable.

Step 5. Test the cable using a cable tester to check for shorts, opens or miswires.


Wiring Diagram

About Video Products Inc:
Video Products Inc (VPI), based in Aurora, OH (USA), is dedicated to supplying the highest quality connectivity products to integrators, distributors, IT professionals, and tech-savvy home-users. VPIs product line includes a wide variety of monitor testers, cables, adapters, switches and splitters. All products are rigorously tested and are backed with a one-year warranty on all parts and labor, and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. For more information, visit