Make Direct or Cross Network Cable  Easy Guide ▷ 2020

Many times it is better to do oneself the things to buy. First, to save money, second because later it can be our point of economic entry. In this case, you will see the steps you must follow to create your own network cable.

Don’t think it’s an otherworldly process You just have to be very careful with each step, because each of the materials are a bit delicate. If you are a minor, we make the call that for safety it is recommended, ask for help from an adult, since you will use sharp objects.

We are not going to deny that doing this brings them to you, but as you pass the practices you will not need to go through this tutorial one more time. As they say, Practice makes a master.

What do I need to create my own network cable? materials

For create a network cable, we need a number of materials.

Here we will show you what you need:

1x Network cable

It is the main thing we need, because this is the one that will allow us to connect from one end to the other. This enables the sharing of digital information. There are different network cables, that is why we must make sure that the one we will use is useful for usIf you are not very sure of the choice, you can ask the store where you make the purchase giving the specifications of use.

1x Crimper

It is a tool that we can relate it to crimping pliers. This fulfills a function similar to the stapling pliers, also used to crimp or crimp two metal parts or any other malleable material, through what we know as part deformation.

1x Scissors

This is one of the tools most common and we already know a lot how to use it and what are its functions. Reviewing their functions, we tell you that they are very useful for cutting paper, fabric or anything or object whose density and tenacity is less than that of the scissors material.

2x RJ-45 connectors

It is a connector that allows us to connect networks computer cables with structured cabling, typically have eight pins or electrical connections, and are generally used at the end of the twisted network cable (UTP). Of all the materials that we mention here, probably the most difficult to get it’s the crimper, being this very useful, because it is the one that we will use to fix the RJ-45 plug to the cable. On the Internet we can find virtual stores that offer it for only 15 euros.

Direct Cable vs Crossover Cable What are they and how are they different?

To understand all their differences and give your opinion to decide what the best, we must first know what these are.

For this reason, here we will give you a brief review of what they are:

What is direct cable?

These are a type of cable with a twisted pair, used mostly in local area networks to establish a connection between a computer and a core of net. This cable is also known as connection cable.

What is the crossover cable?

It is that cable of Internet that allows us to use a computing device directly, which it is totally different from direct connection cables. They also use different wiring standards, in one part of its end it uses the standard cable T568A and on the other hand the wiring standard T568B.

Which is better?

Now that we know a little what each one is about, we will show you a few characteristics of them, so that you can decide which one is better.

Let’s see below:

T568A vs T568B

One of the main difference between these cables is that not only do they have different colors, but so are their connections and data transmission speed, plus compatibility is crucial for them. Direct cables are mostly used to connect different devices, while the crusaders for what they are similar.

Example, a straight cable is useful for the following equipment:

  • From switch to router
  • From switch to Pc or server
  • From Hub (concentrator) to Pc or server

And a crossover cable for the following:

  • From switch to switch
  • From switch to concentrator
  • From concentrator to concentrator
  • From router to router
  • From Ethernet port on router network card on a Pc
  • From Pc to Pc

Currently the standard T568B is the most popular among users, this being the one that slowly scrolls the T568A, especially for use in the new networks existing.

Steps to create your own straight or crossover network cable for your local network

Now let’s start with the cable manufacturing, First we must realize that we have all tools that we mentioned above and that are ready for the step by step. When we say that they are ready, we mean that their physical conditions are the most appropriateFor example, that the scissors make a correct cut and are not dull.

Let’s see some tips to keep in mind and the step by step to create it:

Strip the wire carefully

strip wire

As we can see in the image the first step is stripping the wire, about we only need 3cm. We must only cut the plastic covering of the cable at one of its ends, but with this we must be very careful, since if we apply a lot of force we will cut the entire network cable.

Although it is not always recommended to do it with scissors, since the same crimper has a blade designed for the same, and if you find it more comfortable with the crimper, do so. After we make the not so deep cut, we proceed to gently pull the plastic to remove that excess plastic.

Separate the cables and stretch them

separate the cables

Once the above is done, we check that they come twisted from two to two. For this we must unravel them and stretch them as much as we can without applying so much force, when it is fully free of curves or angles, we separate them a bit and proceed to the next step.

Sort the cables

order the cables

Now we must order them, remember that the purpose of this is connect it to a PC and a Router. We use the straight wire specs, which is the same as the picture. We practically do the same, following the order as it does not explain them, and remember that if the cables are not ordered correctly or one of them is left out, we will not be able to enjoy the connection, since each of these is extremely important, hence the order. In this case, the order of the factor does alter the product.

Cut them and insert them carefully into the RJ-45 jack

This is the part where we will use the crimper, because we will need to introduce the cables in the RJ-45, but be careful when we are cutting the excess part of the cable, lest we also cut the wire. Alone we must remove 1.5 cm of each of the tips. We must realize that the length of each of them are equal, because We will insert them into the plug.

We make a final inspection of the cable, where we will verify that are correctly cut, there are no angles or doubles in them, that the tips are free from the coating, they measure the same, and we grab the connector and insert the pairs, so that the orange pin (1) is exactly to the left. Before inserting them completely to the bottom we check that the order is correct, since many times doing this cables are often moved.

If everything is correct, we proceed to gently push it to the bottom. To complete this step we verify that each of the cables enter correctly to the end of the connector, and if we see that this is not the case, we will have to remove the cables and do the whole procedure again. In the case of pin 2, or green, it must be adjusted to a kind of Internet tab where it is fixed and can never be released.

Fix with the crimper

we fix with the crimper

It probably sounds annoying by now that we mention again that you make sure the correct position of each of them, and is that if you do not do it you will lose not only time but even the connector, which includes money. We insert the RJ-45 plug into the hole of the crimper, and press a little, until we hear a little click that means we have adjusted correctly the plug and that it will never come loose.

Repeat with the other end and check

we repeat with the other end

Let’s remember that we have left one more end that is missing, since one is for your PC and the other for the Router. It happens to many of us that one extreme we did very well but the other one complicates us a bit, the truth is that it is preferable that you take a little break because our eyesight may fatigue us, because we are not used to this.

Another thing that may arise is that one of the ends has a broken cable or with an error, but if so, we only have to cut that cable and comply with the previous steps. This for many is very laborious, but We assure you that after about four times doing it often will become very mechanical for you.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, we will answer you as soon as possible, and it will surely be of great help to more members of the community. Thank you! 😉

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