Friday, August 5, 2011

How To Terminate Cat6A Keystone Jacks - Video and Pictures

Cat6a keystone jacks and cat6a cabling are not much different than regular cat6 products, but do require a little extra attention to detail. The individual pairs in cat6a cable are twisted much tighter, and need to remain that way all the way up to the termination point. If the pairs are untwisted, you may not get your cable to pass the certification tester. In today's blog, we'll take you step-by-step through the process of terminating cat6a keystone jacks, using cat6a cabling. To get started, let's make sure you have the necessary tools:

You'll Need:
Cat6a Keystone Jacks
Cat6a Bulk Cable
Punch Down Tool
110 Blade for Punch Tool
Electricians Scissors
Keystone Jack Palm Puck (optional)

Now that we have all the right tools, let's terminate some cat6a jacks. 

Step 1) Strip off about 2-3 inches of the cable jacket

Step 2) Pull the 4 pairs of cable back, and remove the center divider (spline)

Step 3) Each Cat6a jack has the 568a and 568b wiring diagram chart on it. We will be using the most commonly used, 568b wiring diagram.

Step 4) Lace up all 4 pairs of cable on the cat6a jack, remembering to follow the 568b diagram

Step 5) Punch down wires onto keystone jack using the punch down tool and 110 blade. Make sure the side that says "Cut" on the 110 blade is pointing towards the outside of the cat6a jack.

Step 6) Put the dust cap cover on the cat6a jack and your done! It can now be inserted into wall plates, surface mount boxes or keystone patch panels.

Watch the video: How to Terminate Cat6A Keystone Jacks

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