Print & Go DIY Cable Installation Tool Checklist
Written by Rita Mailheau, Information Security & Technology Writer
Getting your home or small business network in place is easier than you might think. The primary obstacle for many is identifying what tools you'll need to complete the task. Our Cable Academy has many resources on different aspects of choosing a cable and steps needed to complete your installation.
Preparations for your installation and where to source
These are the basic tools and parts to get you started. We went to our in-house pro to find out the best place to source. trueCABLE will soon offer many of these items. For the others, we recommend Amazon as your safest bet, for the widest range of costs and features.
Basic Tools Needed Regardless of Installation Type
- RJ45 termination crimp tool
- Ethernet cable jacket stripper
- Micro flush cutters
- Wear flexible synthetic protective gloves (not latex) so you can remove the kinks from the cable conductors without causing yourself pain and misery
- Multi screwdriver
- Standard drill bit set
- Connectors RJ45 (if needed), shielded or unshielded
- RJ45 keystone jacks (if needed), shielded or unshielded
- Patch panel (if needed), shielded or unshielded
- Low-voltage mounting bracket for mounting keystone jacks
- Keystone jack faceplate
- Velcro and cable clamps for securing cable (zip ties are not recommended1)
- Box of Ethernet cable
1 ANSI/TIA and many professionals no longer recommend zip ties due to the potential for cable damage.
- Cable tester [see Testing 10Gigabit Ethernet Over Copper on a Shoestring Budget]
Specialty Tools That May Be Needed
- Stud finder (check out phone apps) not only to find studs but to avoid AC wiring
- Flexible rod (to pull cable up)
- Drill with flexible bit (long 24” to 54” auger or bell hanger bit)
- Spade bits for drilling through joists to run cable
- Nylon pull string for cabling inside conduit
- Drywall saw
- Lineman’s pliers for ovalizing the end of very thick shielded Ethernet cable
- Impact punch-down tool for punch-down keystone jacks or patch panels
- Cable spool holder, aka reel caddy
- Concrete drill bit
- Hammer drill
- Measuring wheel (used to avoid the 1" too short cable problem you don't want to have)
Going Through The Steps
Our “Cable Academy” offers a wide range of instructive and tutorial topics to help guide you through each phase: the planning, preparation, execution and troubleshooting of your Ethernet cable network, regardless of whether it’s outdoor or indoor.
Be sure to read this post on Top 5 Things to Consider When Running Ethernet Cable, before you begin the process. We can also help you determine the best cable type for your budget and long-range network goals. Reach out if you need help on which type of cable to go with.
We’d also love to hear from you on questions you might have or things that you’re doing to make the job easier. Please drop a comment in the section below to share your insights or challenges.
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