Crimping? A lot of folks don't want to create patch/base/line cords. Something to do with crimping the cable and getting it to test out first time.|
Hey, if you can get a handle on it and do it reliably - you can sure save yourself a lot of money. Course, if you're worth $70.00 an hour - hey, buy them off the shelf.
If you're a working stiff like me - then, there's a great little plastic gizmo on the market that allows you to line-up the eight wires in sequence to slot into the plug.
It really makes crimping the connections a snap. If you do run out and buy a crimping tool - make sure it is the eight-conductor version - that way you can do the full spectrum of Modular Plugs.
There is also a fantastic little gizmo from Siemons that allows you to test the cable - 10 BaseT - USOC - EIA TIA 568A/B - Token Ring standards. It's on the tools page of this site - check it out. The Tester doesn't measure distance though but does everything else for about two hundred bucks. Not a bad deal when it's hitting midnight and you can't figure out what's going on with the link.