To terminate and install CAT5E/CAT6 Keystone jack and patch panel on yourself, You make insurance a reliable network.

To terminate and Install Cat5e/Cat6 Keystone Jacks/patch panel on yourself, you have to be certain of every connection you make to ensure a reliable network. Before introducing the termination method and process to you, to have some basic knowledge about the Keystone Jack, or have a review of these information if you are a networking professional, would help you do a better work.


Materials and Tools Needed

Gathering your materials and tools is what you need to do after having some technical knowledge on Keystone jacks. Things you will need are listed below.

Solid Cat5/Cat5e/Cat6/Cat6a Cable

Cable Stripper

110 Punchdown Tool

Conductor Clipping Tool

Network Cable Tester


Termination Steps

The keystone jacks are actually easy and quick to install. We wrote these instructions in many steps so as to give our customers a very detailed assembly instruction. With our easy-to-follow termination guide, you’ll have your Cat5 jacks, Cat5e jacks and Cat6 jacks or etc wired, installed and ready to go in no time!

Step One

Insert cable into stripping tool to the desired strip length. Strip off only as much cable jacket needed to properly terminate the pairs (1 to 1.5 inches should be sufficient to terminate pairs). Holding the cable near the tool, rotate the tool around the cable several times. Slightly bend the outer jacket and manually remove the cut piece or slide the cut outer jacket with the stripper. Bend each pair in one direction to expose the rip cord, binder or cross-web filler on the cable.

 Installation Step one

Step Two

Remove the rip cord, binder or cross-web filler if they are present on the cable, leaving only the twisted pairs of wire. The cross-web filler should be cut as flush as possible to the jacket.


Step Three

Determine the wiring scheme and properly align all four cables accordingly on the jack. Keep the cable jacket as close to the connector as possible. Always use connectors, wall plates and patch panels that are compatible (same rating or higher) with the grade of the cable used


Step Four

Preserve the wire pair twists as close as possible to the point of termination. When connecting jacks and plugs, do not untwist the cable more than 0.5 inches for Category 5e, 6 and 6A cable.

Helpful Hint: A half of an inch of an untwisted wire pair results in 1.5 dB of near-end crosstalk.


Step Five

Insert wires down into IDC terminal slots to position them before punching down. Maintain the twist. To “future-proof” an installation, terminate all four pairs. The picture above shows an outlet being wired to the T568B wiring scheme.


Step Six

When using a punch-down tool, make sure the tool is straight before punching down on the connector. Make sure the cut-side of the tool is facing outward.


Step Seven

Inspect the connector to verify that the wires are fully engaged in the IDC terminals and they are cut properly.


Step Eight

Place a dust cover on the jack for protection.


Step Nine

This is how your assembled jack should look.


Post time: Nov-19-2018