How To…Trim Your Ethernet Cable

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We like to go wireless when we can, but if it isn’t an option then we hack the cables ourselves. We showed you how to trim your coax cable before, but what about those pesky ethernet cables? Thankfully, we have wireless to free us from their holds, but we still need them to connect routers and cable modems, and they don’t need to be so long. This tutorial we found on how to cut your ethernet cable helps eliminate one more cable octopus lurking around your home.

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You’ll need some specialized equipment, including a crimper (like seen above), RJ-45 adapters, and optional colored caps (that are helpful for color-coding cords).

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You cut the cable, just as you would any wiring to reveal the wires underneath. The tricky part lies in lining up the wires in the correct order and placing them into the new adapter. But the tutorial gives you a ton of photos and a diagram to help you keep it straight.

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In the end, you’ll end up with a short little cable like this. For the complete tutorial on how to cut your own ethernet cable, check out this site.

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