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The following steps will guide you through the preparation and termination process for UTP cable. Following these guidelines will help give you the optimum performance from the twisted-pair cabling. 


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Jacket stripper - a key tool to prepare UTP cable for termination.

Step 1:The tools you will need:

Stripping the cable jacket to enable termination of the pairs.

Step 2: Insert cable into stripping tool to the desired strip length. Strip off only as much cable jacket needed to properly terminate the pairs (1 to 1.5 inches should be sufficient to terminate pairs).

Holding the cable near the tool, rotate the tool with the other hand around the cable.

Step 3: Holding the cable near the tool, rotate the tool around the cable several times.

Removing the cut peice of jacket drom the rest of the cable.

Step 4: Slightly bend the outer jacket and manually remove the cut piece or slide the cut outer jacket with the stripper.

Bending each pair in one direction, exposes the rip cord on the cable.

Step 5: Bend each pair in one direction to expose the rip cord, binder or cross-web filler on the cable.

Removing the rip cord to leave just the twisted paris of wire.

Step 6: Remove the rip cord, binder or cross-web filler if they are present on the cable, leaving only the twisted pairs of wire. The cross-web filler should be cut as flush as possible to the jacket.

Aligning all four cables on the jack.

Step 7: Determine the wiring scheme and properly align all four cables accordingly on the jack. Keep the cable jacket as close to the connector as possible. Always use connectors, wall plates and patch panels that are compatible (same rating or higher) with the grade of the cable used.

Preserve the wire pair twists as close as possible to the point of termination.

Step 8: Preserve the wire pair twists as close as possible to the point of termination. When connecting jacks and plugs, do not untwist the cable more than 0.5 inches for Category 5e, 6 and 6A cable.

Helpful Hint: A half of an inch of an untwisted wire pair results in 1.5 dB of near-end crosstalk.

Preserving the wire pair twists.

Step 9: Insert wires down into IDC terminal slots to position them before punching down. Maintain the twist. To “future-proof” an installation, terminate all four pairs. The picture above shows an outlet being wired to the T568B wiring scheme.

Punching down on the connector, making sure the cut-side of the tool is facing outward.

Step 10: When using a punch-down tool, make sure the tool is straight before punching down on the connector. Make sure the cut-side of the tool is facing outward.

Wires are fully engaged in the IDC terminals and are cut properly.

Step 11: Inspect the connector to verify that the wires are fully engaged in the IDC terminals and they are cut properly.

An assembled jack.

Step 13: This is how your assembled jack should look.

A dust cover is placed on the jack for protection.

Step 12: Place a dust cover on the jack for protection.

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