Wednesday, December 9, 2009

How To Terminate Cat6A Shielded Keystone Jacks

In today's article, I'll explain How To Terminate Cat6A Shielded Keystone Jacks. Cat6A shielded keystone jacks may look intimidating, but they are no harder to terminate then your standard Cat6 keystone jack. There's a few more steps involved, but overall anyone can terminate these jacks. So let's take a look at some of the tools required:

Let's get started:

Step 1: Strip back about 2" of the cables jacket

Step 2: Cut off the outer plastic

Step 3: Pull back the foil and drain wire

Step 4: Cut off the inner plastic

Step 5: Cut the foil, leaving about 1/4" and wrap it around the cable. (Note: it will not completely wrap around the cable, this is normal). Then wrap the drain wire completely around the foil

Step 6: Pull back all 4 pairs of wires and cut off the center spline

Step 7: Run the wires up through the cap and lay the wires in the appropriate slots according to the 568B wiring diagram

Step 8: Trim the wires flush with the cap

Step 9: Insert the cap into the Cat6A keystone jack. Notice that the jack and the cap have arrows on them. Make sure they are both pointing the same direction.

Step 10: Close the jaw all the way until it clicks

Step 10a: If your having trouble closing the jaw, open it back up and push down on both sides of the cap. This will seat the wires. I just used a regular pair of scissors.

Step 10b: Now do the other side

Step 11: Push the shielding lug up against the cable

Step 11a: I got a much tighter seal by using pliers

Step 12: Install the included zip-tie to make sure nothing comes loose and your done. This is a completed Cat6A shielded keystone jack.

In the event that your Cat6A keystone jack isn't working properly, you will need to cut off the zip-tie, pull back the shielding lug and insert a small flat head screwdriver into the slot, twist and it will pop open. We hope this article covered everything you need to know about terminating Cat6A keystone jacks.

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