How to Make a CAT5 Network Cable
All too often I need to make a CAT 5 cable. Here is how to make one. First off, there are two standards for CAT5, honestly I see no difference between them other than what color pair is used in what order. I have used EIA/TIA-568A cables in a EIA/TIA-568B wiring system with no problems.
Honestly, I really don’t think the electrons flowing through the wires can actually see the color of the insulation! What is important though is that you use the the same standard on one piece of cable. In other words, you can’t wire one end using T568A and the other end T568B. This won’t work!
Most Places use T568B wiring.
How to make a CAT5 Network Cable
The diagram on the right is for wiring a CAT 5 connector for a typical patch cable, This view is with the locking tab away from you, and with the gold contacts toward you. Put one of these on each end of the cable.
Another term for this is a “straight through” cable. They are used when hooking up a computer to a hub, or switch.
How to make a CAT5 Newtork cable
If you need to connect two computers, or two hubs / switches, you would use a crossover cable for that. To make a crossover cable, put a connector like the diagram above on one end, then put a connector wired like the image to the left on the other.