Wiring Up RJ-45 Network Face Plate

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  1. Markleshark macrumors 603

    Markleshark

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    Hello,

    Looking to put a few Cat5 Network Face Plates in my room to tidy up wiring on my desk, and I'm looking for some guides and/or help to as to how I wire them up.

    I have two faceplates with 2 connections on each, does each connection need a single network cable running to it or can I daisy chain them somehow? Not sure, and just after a little help.

    Thanks,
    Mark.
     
  2. notjustjay macrumors 603

    notjustjay

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    No, you can't daisy chain.. each one will need its own line connecting it to whatever's on the other end.

    When you strip back the insulation on a CAT5/CAT6 cable, you'll see 4 sets of 2 wires each twisted around each other (hence the common name "twisted pair"). Each pair will be color-coded, e.g. a blue wire and white-with-blue-stripes.

    Most of the jacks just use a simple punch-down tool to pinch the wires into the jack. They're color coded, and the jack should tell you what colors go where.

    There are two wiring standards that are almost the same, called T568-A and T568-B. The jack's color coding might give you options for both. It doesn't matter which one you use as long as you're consistent.
     
  3. Markleshark thread starter macrumors 603

    Markleshark

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    Thanks notjustjay, looks like I'll be buying a nice big switch and some cable then. :D
     

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