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How easy is it to put a plug on a network cable?

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    Originally posted by d000hg View Post
    When we put in network sockets in the house I bought a little kit but the handyman wired them up; is it the same stuff I need?
    No, it's different. Wiring sockets requires a punchdown tool, wiring plugs requires a crimper.

    Should I use a bit of proper cable, or hack up a spare patch cable? Can I even remove the plug and put it back on?
    You can take the end off an existing cable but you will not be able to re-use the plug. It does mean you would only need to crimp one end rather than two. This assumes that you can see how the un-removed plug has been wired - not everyone wires to the EIA/TIA 568A and 568B standards.

    When you are borrowing a crimper, also borrow a stripper (I use this one) and a tester to make the job much simpler.


      Originally posted by DeadEyedJacks View Post
      Alternately use PowerLine network adapters and avoid drilling holes in your walls altogether?
      I specifically want wired network here. Used those and fallen out of love with them now we have a small wired network and rely on WiFi for the rest

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