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Page 2 - Sorting and Capping
Author: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: January 21, 2002
Category: Guide
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Now that we have the wires exposed, we have to get them into proper order. But before we do that, we need to slide the the RJ45 boot on. It is better to do this before you sort, so that way when you slide the boot on, it doesn't screw up the sorting. However, you can do it post sort.

The sorting can be done with just your fingers. You want to sort the wires in this order: orange-striped, orange-solid, green-striped, blue-solid, blue-striped, green-solid, brown-striped, brown-solid. There is another way to do it, but we'll stick to this way (since both achieve the same result).
Sorted Wires
Sorted Wires
Boot On
Boot On

Now that you have your boots on, lets get to inserting the wires into the RJ45 plug. Before we get started actually putting the wires into the plug, make sure the wires are fairly close together (like in the picture above). Now, to insert the wires into the plug, hold the RJ45 head in one hand, with the side that has the little release lever down. Hold the sorted cable in your other hand with the orange-striped wire to the left (brown wire to the right). You then slowly push the wires into the head. Inside the RJ45 head there are very tiny slots, one for each wire. *Watch as they go in*, make sure they go into the right slots. If they don't, pull it out, resort the wires and try again. Once you get them all into their appropriate slots, give them a push to get the wires all the way in.
Pre-crimped Plug
Pre-crimped Plug
Crimping the Head
Crimping the Head

Now that you have the wires in the plug, it's time to crimp it. Just stick the plug all the way into the crimper and give it a really good squeeze. Take a look at the copper connects to make sure they all went into the wires. If not, crimp it again.

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