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How To Terminate a Cable (CAT5e and CAT6)

Hold a cable locking tab down with the contacts facing you and connector pointing away from you. The contacts are numbered 1-8 from left to right.
There are two different methods that can be used to terminate the cable:


EIA/TIA-568A:
Pin 1: White/Green
Pin 2: Green/White (or Green)
Pin 3: White/Orange
Pin 4: Blue/White (or Blue)
Pin 5: White/Blue
Pin 6: Orange/White (or Orange)
Pin 7: White/Brown
Pin 8: Brown/White (or Brown)

EIA/TIA-568B:
Pin 1: White/Orange
Pin 2: Orange/White (or Orange)
Pin 3: White/Green
Pin 4: Blue/White (or Blue)
Pin 5: White/Blue
Pin 6: Green/White (or Green)
Pin 7: White/Brown
Pin 8: Brown/White (or Brown)

568A and 568B may be used interchangeably in your network but you must terminate both ends of any given cable the same way.

Rob Rogers
Rob Rogers
Once a prolific author here on Tech-Recipes, Rob has moved on to greener pastures.
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