Objectives: We learned how to make networking cables. Networking cables are used to connect one network device to another network device or to connect two or more computers to share printer, scanner, etc. (crossover cables, patch cables).

Equipment list: We used twisted pair cables (Cat5 UTP) (a form of wiring in which pairs of wires (the forward and return conductors of a single circuit) are twisted together for the purposes of canceling out electromagnetic interference from other wire pairs and from external sources. This type of cable is used for home and corporate Ethernet networks. There are three types of twisted pair cables: shielded, unshielded, and foil. We used several tools in order to build the cables. RJ45 connectors (8P8C Modular Connector), RJ45 crimp tool, scissors, wire cutters, wire strippers, and a 110 punch down tool. We also had patch panels. We chose EIA 568B as the standard wiring scheme.

Notes and observations: Making these cables to me was a test of my patience and tolerance. They require lots of patience and good eyesight. I have neither. I enjoyed making them however, and learned a new skill, so I’m happy.

Diagrams, flowcharts, and figures: We had a hard copy of the schematics of color coding and placement of the wires into the connectors.

References: Again, we had the hard copy showing procedures and diagrams. We also had the guidance and support of the instructor.

Questions: The procedures were very understandable, but took patience and finesse; all questions got answered during the lab.

Conclusions:I learned how to make the different cables and have a better understanding towards networking.