In this edition of job tips, IBEW brother Curtis shows how to efficiently terminate a RJ45.

Step 1 – Ring the out jacketing to remove the insulation.
Step 2 – Orient the cable so the orange pair is on the left, and the brown pair is on the right.
Step 3 – Separate the pairs using the outer jacketing. This is faster and helps prevent damaging. Start with the orange pair, and then move to the blue, green, and brown pairs.
Step 4 – Straighten out the conductors.
Step 5 – Trim the conductors.
Step 6 – Insert the RJ45 with the tab down.
Step 7 – Use the crimper to finish the termination.

This tip will help you mitigate errors, prevent damage to the cabling, and help you be more efficient on the job site. For more helpful tips, visit the job tips section of our website.


Lonnie Stephenson

IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson has been working with the IBEW Hour Power team since he was elected International President in 2015. President Stephenson creates short videos entitled “President’s Message” to bring important announcements and inspirational messages right to your computer screen.

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