NETWORK CABLE TOOLS
Last updated: 2/11/2000
Plug Crimp Tool. You will need a modular crimp tool. This
one is very similar to the one I have been using for many years for all
kinds of telephone cable work and it works just fine for Ethernet cables. You
don't need a lot of bells and whistles, just a tool which will securely
crimp RJ-45 connectors. This one is made by Eclipse
Enterprises, Inc. Even though the crimper has cutters which
can be used to cut the cable and individual wires, and possibly stripping
the outer jacket, I find that the following tools are better for
stripping and cutting the cable...
UTP Stripping Tool (Eclipse). I recently bought one of these
tools and it works slick, and it makes a much neater cut. I recommend
that you purchase one if you will be making many cables.
Cutters ("4 to 6"). It is easier to use diagonal
cutters ("diags" or "dikes") to cut the cable off at
the reel and to fine tune the cable ends during assembly. Also, if
you don't have a stripper, you can strip the cable by using a small knife
(X-acto, utility, etc.) to carefully slice the outer jacket longitudinally
and use the diags to cut it off around the circumference.
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