How to Make Network Cables
So you want to know how to make a network cable. Or you need to know How to make a crossover cable. Well we will
give you the run down. Below you will find with pictures, the steps needed to teach you how to make a cat 5 cable.  

Click here for step by step info with pictures for building network cables.

Being able to build your own network cable is a good skill to learn. Your xBox uses what is basically a typical network
cable. Your computers at home of course can all be connected on one network via your Cat 5 or Cat 6 network cable.
Even terminating your new phone cables is similar to building a network cable (although the cable used for phone lines
is typically silver satin, opposed to the CAT 5 or CAT 6 used for network cables). Building a network cable for the first time
can take 20-30 minutes. However, with practice a typical cat 5 network cable can be built in as little as 2-3 minutes. As
mentioned in the guide, the most difficult part of building your network cable is actually inserting the cat 5 conductors into
the RJ-45. Once you've got that mastered, you'll be building network cables in nothing flat!

Dollar for Dollar, it is more cost effective to purchase pre built network cables though. Our Category 5 Enhanced (CAT 5E)
and Category 6 network cables are each 100% tested for guaranteed results every time. On custom cable builds, we also
test 100% of the cables that come through our production facility. No cable leaves our doors without being tested.

  • Click the pictures below to automatically go that item in the store.
  • OR click the type of cable from the list below for help on building it.
  • Or Read on for information the differences between CAT 5E and CAT 6.
How To Build:
Ethernet Patch Cables (CAT 5 and CAT 6)
Crossover Cables (CAT 5 and CAT 6)
xBox Cables
Null Modem or Debug Cables
Flat wire Phone Cables (Silver Satin)
Some of the differences between CAT 5e vs CAT 6.
#1. CAT 6 cable is now recommended for installation of home networks over CAT 5e cable. This is because it is always
recommended to have the best available setup.

#2. CAT 5e cable handles up to 1,000 Mb/s, whereas CAT 6 cable can handle up to 10,000 Mb/s. A common example used
is the transmission of real time HDTV signals which require 1,600 Mb/s. CAT 6 cable can easily handle this load, whereas
the use of CAT 5e cable in this type of cable would result in some quality loss.

#3. Size. CAT 5E cable conductors are #24 AWG, compared to a #23 AWG used on CAT 6 cable.

#4. Mhz. CAT 6 Cable is now tested to 250Mhz, compared to CAT 5e cable at only 100Mhz. You should achieve half the loss
of a CAT 5e cable with a CAT 6 cable.

#5. Distance. CAT5e cable is typically limited in use to about 100 meters at 100Mhz. Whereas CAT 6 is rated for 250Mhz up
to a distance of 550-1000 meters. This of course will vary by source and the use of correct CAT 6 rated parts.

#6. Price. CAT 6 cable runs double CAT 5e cable usually. The connectors are often 300% more. It is a worthwhile
investment for most home networks, but the CAT 5e does offer a substantial savings for anyone looking for a more
economical home network setup.

There of course are other differences, such as type of connector, twists, and even the actual construction of the cable. For
instance, CAT 6 cabling often has a plastic spline in the middle (although currently manufacturers are able to achieve CAT
6 without it) where as CAT 5e does not. This spline can make the termination more difficult on CAT 6 cables, but also helps
to achieve a higher test rating.


Sometimes Customers make their own CAT 5E and CAT 6 Ethernet cables for the office network, their home network, or even for
resell. Some customers build them for xBox cables. Either way, if you plan to buy the needed tooling to build your own network
cables, please feel free to contact us for wiring diagrams. Building a correct and usable patch cable is easy and we can show you
how.