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

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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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
Amazon  https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Industrial-Scientific-Network-Cable-Testers/zgbs/industrial/7701919011

You'll need a Tone generator to track network cables.  If you ever find yourself wanting to know where a cable goes these are indispensable.

You'll also need a cable tester to test the cables you make.

Fluke is the gold standard of testers.  And pricey.  You don't need Fluke.  The Fluke links are below.

https://www.amazon.com/Fluke-Networks-26000900-Pro3000-Generator/dp/B000FTADX0/ref=zg_bs_7701919011_2/146-1210714-5178458?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=90JQ8FCYRDYN866ZP119

https://www.amazon.com/Fluke-Networks-MS2-100-Cable-Tester/dp/B000QJ3G42/ref=zg_bs_7701919011_7/146-1210714-5178458?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=90JQ8FCYRDYN866ZP119

You can find cheap alternatives to these two.  For practical learning cheap is good.  For real world stuff you move on up.

You'll also need crimpers and a punch down tool.

This  https://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Internet-Network-Tester-Analyzer/dp/B008P9YIGA/ref=zg_bs_7701919011_11?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=AVVDDMQDVJENWK4FM6C6  gives you both plus a cable tester.

For basic crimping and learning it will probably do the job.  If you're doing lots of crimping you'll spend the money and get something better.
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masnrockCommented:
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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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
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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Fred MarshallPrincipalCommented:
You clearly want or need to be doing this work yourself.  Don't be discouraged.  I would start with some small projects and go from there:
You can graduate to using more sophisticated test methods but have to start with tools and materials.

Purchase a box of your network cable of choice.  I always buy solid CAT5E because that's fine for everything we're doing these days.
https://sewelldirect.com/cat5e-bulk-cable-1000-ft-orange-pull-box?stm_type=ppc&stm_source=adwords&product_id=SW-22343&campaignid=609411585&adgroupid=30774592203&creative=103505578923&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8Yed5-uT1wIVioZ-Ch2rbALSEAQYBSABEgJ49fD_BwE
or
https://www.amazon.com/Sewell-Cat5e-Bulk-Cable-White/dp/B001UAHKYI
This may seem like a lot of cable but you'll use it over time and the unit price is lower.
NOTE that solid cable isn't intended for patch cables where stranded cable is recommended.
But, you will encounter all kinds of cabling where this isn't the case.  For example, solid building cables that come out of the wall and have RJ45 plugs at the ends.
Best practice would be to tie down the solid cable with a modular jack or patch panel and use manufactured patch cables (stranded) at the ends.

Get some RJ45 plugs for the solid cat5E cable.  You may not WANT to use them but you will need to know HOW to use them.
Build a 250-foot cable with RJ45 at each end.  
This will force you to learn how the color codes for the wires go.  I always use EIA/TIA 568B standard.
Test the cable between a computer and a router.
If, at that length, the twisted pairs aren't used properly, it likely won't work.  But, shorter lengths may anyway - which would be misleading in your learning process.
I don't recommend the connectors that allow the wires to push through.  They may seem nice for construction but I've found that they can end up being too long to reliably "click in" to some RJ45 jacks.  That's not a nice thing to find when you're ready to plug in and GO.

Do the same with modular jacks at the ends (a type of punch down connection).
https://www.amazon.com/Generic-Keystone-Ethernet-Compatible-Connector/dp/B014RAT7ZC/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1509212580&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=cat5e+rj45+modular+keystone+jack&psc=1

If it makes you more comfortable, get a punch down strip.
https://www.amazon.com/INTELLINET-12-Port-Wall-mount-Compatible-162470/dp/B0009JGJF2/ref=sr_1_13?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1509212509&sr=1-13&keywords=cat5e+punch+down+patch+panel

You will need an RJ45 crimping tool.  Best with a cable stripper built in.  Or, get a cable stripper that's suitable.
I use something like a Leatherman Micra Multi-Tool scissors for cutting the wires, etc.

You will need a punch down tool of the appropriate type.  But the modular jacks generally come with a cheap plastic version.

The kit that drbunton recommends looks very useful and is inexpensive.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You clearly want or need to be doing this work yourself.   <-- And you need to be technically / mechanically adept.
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serialbandCommented:
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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BillDLCommented:
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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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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
>>  I use something like a Leatherman Micra Multi-Tool scissors for cutting the wires, etc.

A good large pair of scissors is ideal for trimming the ends of the wires before you put them in the jack.

And, yes, it is practice that makes perfect.  For a quick and dirty fix (and you WILL come across this in your job) you make the cables up yourself.  (Quite possibly you may need to run a 55 meter length of cable, that's not an off the shelf item).  If you've done a quick fix you can always buy the proper cable later on.
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Fred MarshallPrincipalCommented:
I might have added the procedure for a simple CAT5E RJ45:

1) Strip off some outer insulator.  It doesn't matter how much as long as it's enough.
2) Align the wires in a "flat" in-line orientation with the colors oriented as you intend.
3) Lay the cable on top of a plug to see how long the wires need to be when fully inserted AND to have the outer insulating jacket go all the way into the plug so the wedge will clamp it there.
4) Cut the wires straight across
5) Insert the wires being careful that they don't cross over one another (they will!) .. readjust.
6) Press the cable into the plug so the wires get to the ends of their channels in the plug AND the outer insulating jacket goes in as far as possible and beyond the wedge.
7) Crimp the connector.

2 through 5 are the challenging parts.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
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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