Due to variety of factors, or for general information on how to terminate cat5e and cat6 keystone jacks. We’ll go over the materials you’ll need, as well as the best equipment to use and how to punch down. Wiring your own keystone jacks can save you a lot of money and time throughout the installation process. It’s a wonderful skill to have!
Before you begin, it’s critical to understand what tools you’ll need. Once you’ve got all of your tools in place, make sure to follow the step-by-step guidelines below to properly punch down.
Punch Down Keystone Jacks are made to give amazing result that exceeds the industry standard TIA/EIA 568-B/A, making them ideal for usage in today’s high-speed networks.
All keystones are interchangeable, regardless of the type of jack they hold, allowing for the flexible arrangement and mounting of numerous types of electrical jacks on a single plate or panel.
- Make sure the wire is properly placed on the cable. Adjust the stripper to avoid scratching the tangled cables beneath the jacket and to make it easier to remove it.
- Carefully remove a one-inch length of jacket from the end of the jacket. Also, inspect to verify they are not damaged, as this could result in a connection break.
- Your keystone jack should resemble the color on the wiring once you’ve set out all of the wires.
- Before you use the punch tool to press down the cables, make sure the cutting blade is on the outside of the tool; otherwise, you’ll cut the wires on the inside and they won’t reach the jack blades.
- Place the punch down tool over your first wire, between the keystone jack blades.
- Firmly press down until you hear a pop-like sound. Now is the time to cut the cable.
- Continue with the remaining wires until the keystone jack is complete. By now, if you shortened the jacket by an inch, it should be near to the jack.
- Press the dust cover onto the back compartment of your keystone jack if it comes with one.
Also, remember to use a punch down tool to push the wires down into the keystone jack’s blades. The jack’s blades are designed to function with solid cable, and stranded cable may not work. Make sure the blade is towards the keystone jack’s outside. The remaining segments of wire on the exterior should be cut off using the punch down tool, but you may need to punch them down the wire until it breaks cleanly off. The punch down tool should never be utilized to undertake the task of the coverings.