How To Wire Ethernet Cables

My recommendation? Just don’t do it.

As part of a studio upgrade, I needed to run about 200 feet of ethernet cable. Spooling the cable was an adventure in its own right as I had not planned for ethernet in the studio conduits. But, a little creativity, and I was able to route the requisite cables without compromising the studio walls.

After several hours of fishing cable, the job was almost done. All I needed to do was fit the RJ45 connectors to the ethernet cable.

I have done a lot of wiring over the years. Countless solders. Numerous patchbays. Thousands of cables.

Without a doubt, RJ45 connectors are the worst. After a couple of hours trying to fit the ends of one single ethernet cable, I was prepared to call in the telephony/networking folks.

I really did not think I could get the ends to fit properly.

I was ultimately successful. Just not too sure about the frustration factor. Although, when the cable tested positive and the signal flow worked, I had a strange sense of achievement. I wired an ethernet cable. By hand, no less.

I am the man.

You can learn more than you ever wanted to know about how to wire an ethernet cable here.

Good luck. You will need it.

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  1. Stephen Meyer
    Stephen Meyer says:

    I had a similar issue when wiring for the networks at both my home and my student house. Eventually my brother and I went to the hardware store and bought a tool that does it for you. Rather expensive, but I’d be willing to lend it to you if you need it in the future. Also, I’ve been waiting for you to get the personal monitors in the studio, great upgrade choice!

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