Informative, Lab

Lab 2: Network Cables

Jayce Hovis­         9-14-17
My objective is to make a twisted-pair cable that that is reliable and correct.
Equipment list:
– Crimp Tool
– Wire Cutter and/or Scissors
– Cable Insulation Stripper
– Roughly 3 foot length of CAT5 UTP, (CAT5e works too)
– 2 RJ-45 Connectors
– Network System that you have verified works with a reliable twisted-pair cable.
– Patch Panel
– Punch-Down Tool
Notes and Observations:
We ended up with teams in this lab, however it is not necessary.
We started out estimating our 3 foot Cat5e UTP, (most of our cable was CAT5e and not CAT5, the difference is a little brush hair, and you just need to cut that off with scissors.) The next thing we did was use the Cable Insulation Stripper* and clip it on the end of the wire*, about 2-3 inches in. Once we got it on we made it go around twice and than un-clipped the Cable Insulation Stripper and finally yanked off the cable. I untwisted the Wires, while my partner did the other side. We than smooth them out by holding on the the bottom and yanking down, than up, than down, and than up, with a little force. We put them in order left to right, Stripped orange, orange, stripped green, blue, stripped blue, green, stripped brown, brown. we than grabbed a RJ-45 connector and clipped to length of it. We finally shoved the wires into the RJ-45 connector and used the Crimp tool to crimp it. My partner did the other side.
We grabbed another rough estimated 3 foot Cat5e UTP cable, however this time we are suppose to attach it to a patch panel. We used the Cable Insulation Stripper to remove both ends of the cable and than only unwound the very bottom of the cable while trying to put them in order***. We put them in order by patch panel T568B left to right, stripped blue, blue, stripped orange, orange, stripped green, green, stripped brown, brown. We than used a Punch-Down tool to lock them in and make sure they weren’t leaving unless we wanted them too. Finally we tested are circuit.
What are some disadvantages and advantages of using Thinnet and/or Thicknet as compared to UTP?
Advantages: UTP is susceptible to interference. Which can cause you to have trouble with your “connection.”
Disadvantages: Thicknet is hard to work with, and Thinnet/Thicknet is more expensive.
What are advantages and disadvantages of using fiber optic cables?
Advantages: Higher bandwidth, not affected by power surges and power failure, way lighter, and finally excellent security.
Disadvantages: Recently discovered, so unfamiliar and unique skills are needed, installation is expensive and not very tough.
*Make sure the Cable Insulation Stripper is not clipped on too hard or it will damage the wires. Also make sure that you do not move the Cable Insulation Stripper once you have clipped, it is only able to be clipped and un-clipped.
**Please make sure that the wire is not damaged on the end or it will not work. If it is than just use the scissors to cut off a small piece of the end.
***You still want to keep the cable twisted but you want to loosen it up by only unwouding the bottom or closest to you.
In conclusion this was a hefty lab and we did a lot of work, I was glad we did partners though, and it helped pushing the pace. I believe we made a reliable cable and had fun doing it. you got to get down and close up with this one. Make sure you are in there.

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