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Professional Patch Cables
Page 3 - Finishing Up
Author: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: January 21, 2002
Category: Guide
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Once you have sorted and crimped both sides (being sure to put boots on before you crimp) all you have to do is pull the boots up and you should be done. You should have something that looks the finished product below.
Finished Product
Finished Product
The Other Side
The Other Side

As a final step, you should now test the cables. If you don't have a patch cable tester, you can just simply try to use the cable. If it works, then you most likely have yourself a working patch cable.

There are a few downfalls to making your own patch cables. The first is human error. If you mess up, you wasted a couple ends. Its not a huge deal, because you can cut them off and re-use the wire. The second downside is that it is kind of costly to start making your own because of all the equipment required to start. But once you have $100 saved up you should be making pro patch cables in no time.

The major benefits obtained by making your own patch cables are value and specification matching. What do I mean? Well, first off, making your own patch cable is much more cost effective than buying them. Secondly, you can make the patch cable the exact length you need it. You don't have to take the patch cable companies best guess at what you need. If you need a 75 foot patch cable, you can make it.

Well, that concludes my patch cable tutorial. If you have any questions, you can email me. If you'd like to know where I got my equipment from: I got my crimper from buy.com and I got my RJ45 heads, CAT5 cable, and RJ45 boots from PCWebShopper.com.

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