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Products to order from Amazon to learn to make network cables & punch down network connections

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What products or supplies can be ordered from Amazon to learn to make network cables and punch down network connections and terminations in wiring closets for wall jacks?

I need to teach myself how to do these things and then have this equipment in stock for whenever I need to do this type of work for clients.
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In terms of the tools, the above is a great answer. In terms of the how, l you can either use some articles that can be found via Google or you can buy some basic networking books. Make sure to learn the types of cable and when/where each one is appropriate.
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You have just asked a question on implementing MAC computers on a Windows Server. This is a technology question.  And you have asked a lot of these.

Running cable through plenum, securing it, and putting ends on / punching down into patch panels is break / fix. That is very different from the above.

While dbrunton's answer is indeed good, I do technology work and fill my day with it. We contract out running cable, bundling it and punching down into patch panels. In terms of connections to patch panels, we exclusively use pre-formed cables. That allows us to focus on our work.

I do not put ends on cables. I can and I have the tools, but I would rather the VERY experienced people do it to lower the incidence of error.

Wire that you would put ends is stranded. Wire that you punch down into panels is solid conductor. So keep that in mind as well.
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You clearly want or need to be doing this work yourself.   <-- And you need to be technically / mechanically adept.
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Back in the days of Cat 3/5/5e it's easy enough to do the cables yourself.  Cat 6 is harder to crimp correctly without some experience.  You're going to need some practice getting the connectors attached and working even with Cat 5e.
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Hohn Hurst has been trying to put you off by shrouding everything in mystique and trying to make out that this is brain surgery with which you shouldn't be tinkering.  Don't be put off.  It is no more difficult than knitting a scarf, or doing macrame or origami.  You just have to learn the basics first, and that is clearly what you are asking about.  Once you know the colour codes of wires and where they need to go, all you need to do is practice repeatedly with the right tools and test the results until you are competent before you start doing it out in the wild for money.  Yes you have to dexterous, but just because John Hurst prefers to sub-contract these jobs out does not mean that nobody else is capable of learning the intricacies of the job and managing to do it accurately and well.
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Bill - I am not trying to put anyone off. Within the huge range of IT, there are many skill sets and no one is expert at all. So running cable is one are where I contract out,  so that I can hone my skills where I am better. That is all.
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