What is an Ethernet cable? An Ethernet cable is used to connect two or more computers together in a wired network. These cables are available in different lengths. However, there may be situations where the Ethernet cables that you have on hand are not long enough to connect your computers. When this happens, you can splice two cables in order to create a longer Ethernet cable without fear of data loss.
Splicing an Ethernet cable only takes a few minutes. After which, the new cable should carry data across the network just as easily as either of the cables it was made from did previously.
Splicing an Ethernet Cable
- First, use your wire cutter to cut the two cables you are splicing together. Leave each cable at least 1 to 2 inches longer than you need it to be.
- Then cut the outer insulation of each piece of Ethernet cable 3/4 of an inch from the end that you previously cut off. Ensure that you do not cut into the wires contained inside. Then remove this portion of insulation, leaving the wires visible.
- Next, strip the ends of the individual wires, exposing approximately half an inch of each. Then unwind the braided pairs only as much as you need to strip the wires.
- Wind the wires from one portion of the cable around the corresponding wires from the other. Ensure that you match the colors of the insulation on each wire when at it. Then wrap electrical tape around each spliced wire when you are done.
- Then wrap additional electrical tape around the exposed wires, covering any portion of them that is not covered by the Ethernet cable’s insulation. Once it has been covered, then the Ethernet cable is ready for use.
You can now see that splicing Ethernet cables is not such a difficult task. You just did it by yourself!!