Crimping RJ45 connectors on CAT5 network cable
Posted on 1999-01-24
I am trying to wire a small home network using twisted pair Cat 5 cabling. I have run the wire from various rooms in the house to a central location in the basement, where my hub will be located. So far so good.
I purchased a crimping tool and RJ 45 connectors, however I am uncertain as to whether a certain color sequence order must be maintained as to the individual wires when they are stripped and inserted into the RJ45 connector prior to crimping them. Surely a person can't simply willy nilly stick the end of the CAT 5 cable into the crimp connector, and blindly crimp the connector. I have seen no instructions or guidelines on whether the colors on the individual wires are important to maintain consistency on all crimped connections. Example, should I always crimp (from left to right) Orange Stripe, Solid ORANGE, Blue stripe, solid BLUE, GREEN stripe, solid Green, Brown stripe, solid BROWN?
Forgive me if this is a stupid question, but I sense it is important, and yet I've never seen any instructions dealing with this issue.