Unclutter Your Network Runs With DIY Ethernet Cables
Decluttering and organizing your home goes beyond the obvious tidying and cleaning. Keeping your house in tip-top condition and running smoothly also applies to your internet, especially if, like now, you’re spending a lot of time at home. Whether you’re a tech aficionado or newbie, making your own ethernet cables is an easy and sure way of uncluttering your network, making it faster and more stable for all devices. Today we’ll look at how ethernet connections can make smart home management easier and how to make your own ethernet cables from home.
Is ethernet faster than WiFi? Why make ethernet cables?
While in theory there isn’t much difference between wireless and wired internet speeds anymore, your connection is of course far more stable with an ethernet connection. When connecting via ethernet, you remove the risk of your connection dropping which results in smoother network usage. An ethernet connection also makes it much faster to transfer files to other Ethernet-connected devices on the same network.
These benefits make an ethernet connection ideal for your preferred entertainment system for uninterrupted streaming or gaming (consoles, PC, smart speakers, or smart TV) or to your work computer for increased productivity and time-saving.
Making your own ethernet cables
Creating your own ethernet cables is a quick and easy process that anyone can do at home using a few affordable and accessible tools. What’s more, everything you need to make ethernet cables can be purchased as complete kits or as separate parts. The items you’ll need include wire cutters, ethernet crimpers, RJ45 connectors, and your preferred ethernet cable (CAT5e or CAT6) at your desired length.
To start, carefully score then cut off a few inches of the plastic outer layer of your ethernet cables to expose the colored wires. Be careful not to cut too deep or you may damage the wires, in which case you’ll have to cut off that section and start again.
After exposing the inner wires, untangle them and arrange in the following order from left to right: white-orange, orange, white-green, blue, white-blue, green, white-brown, brown. Press the wires flat and cut off the excess length in a straight line using wire cutters, leaving only a ½ inch of the wires exposed above the plastic cable.
Now take the RJ45 connector and feed the wires into the connector, ensuring they maintain their order and reach the end of the connector equally. Some of the plastic cables should fit snugly into the connector, securing it tightly to the end of the cable. Place the wired connector into the ethernet crimpers to secure the wires in place by squeezing firmly a few times. Repeat the process with the other end of the cable to complete.
Congratulations, you’ve just made your own ethernet cables! Just plug your DIY cables into your internet modem and your preferred device to start increasing the efficiency of your home or work network.