How-To: Run your own network wiring

Save some money and create your own network wiring for your house.

Last Updated: August 23rd, 2006 • HowTo •

If you are into saving money and not paying someone to wire your small office or home, you can use this mini-guide on how to create your own ethernet cable and wire your house yourself.

For most hobbyists, wiring your house by yourself is a joy in itself. You don't need to call an electrician and you don't need a lot of money, but you will need to purchase some tools. At this point, most people throw up their hands and decide it's too much trouble to make your own cable, and run to the closest CompUSA or MicroCenter store and buy their 50ft cable already made..

The tools you need for the job are (excerpt from EnGadget):

  • RJ-45 connectors
  • RJ-45 crimping tool
  • Category 5 cable (Our 1000 foot spool is seven years old)
  • Wire strippers

You'll probably pay around $20-$30 for your tools and equipment, but you'll always have them next time.

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