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How to Crimp Your Own Ethernet Cables

Nov 04, 2009, 22:03 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Weiss)

"So why assemble your own network cables? It may not be something you do everyday, but having the supplies and know-how to whip up a network cable on the spot can be very handy.

"Perhaps you want to run custom lengths of cable, whether very short or very long. After all, coiling a 25-foot cable when you need only two feet seems kind of silly, not to mention a decorating don’t. On the other hand, if you want to route 50 feet of cable upstairs through a closet ceiling, you can minimize your drill hole by fishing through bare ends and crimping on your connectors later. Or, maybe you just need a network cable right now and it isn’t convenient to run to the local electronics depot. With 1000 foot spools of bulk cable running under $40 on eBay, it requires little investment to keep a supply on hand.

"Even if you’re like me and wind up turning most do-it-yourself handyman projects into some kind of exotic folk art, assembling a network cable is surprisingly easy. With a little practice you can finish the job in less than ten minutes."

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