FOA Basic Skills

Basic Skills Lab - Copper UTP Cabling



Lesson: Basic Skills Lab For Remote Training, Do It Yourself

Level:
Novice

Objectives: From this lesson you should learn:
  • Where to purchase basic cabling tools and components
  • How to perform basic UTP cabling installation processes: striping cable, terminating plugs and jacks
  • How to build a patchcord or link and test its connections

Prerequisite
Before taking this course, you must first take the Premises Cabling online course at Fiber U and get your Fiber U Certificate of Completion.

Introduction
This is a basic skills lab for cabling novices covering UTP cable preparation, termination and testing. You will be directed to watch some videos, read some web pages and perform some hands-on exercises.

The hands-on exercises are based on readily available components and tools. You can purchase the tools and components you need online inexpensively and do the exercises yourself and/or as part of an online class. The lesson will give detailed directions based on the tools and components listed below.

The Lesson Steps
  • Obtain tools from school or purchase online
  • Follow exercises below
  • If part of an online course, you may be asked to demo what you learned to your instructor on videoconference
  • You may be asked to return the finished lessons and tools to school
 
Acquiring Tools And Components
This lesson uses the basic cabling tools and components shown below. These tools and components are readily available online at reasonable prices. The total cost of tools and components if purchased from Amazon or eBay should be ~ $50-60. If you are purchasing for yourself, the search terms for Amazon, eBay, etc. are given as well as approximate prices.
If you are part of a class with an FOA approved school, they may send you tools or advise you to purchase them yourself.


Cat 5 cable stripper

UTP Cat 5e cable stripper

Crimper

Crimper for RJ-45 and all modular 8 pin plugs

punchdown tool

Punchdown tool for modular jacks



Tools (with online search terms if purchasing online)
UTP Cable Crimp Tool for RJ-45 or Cat 5 plugs
Cable Stripper

110 Punchdown Tool (~$10)
You can purchase a kit with most tools, a wiremapper and bag of plugs for ~$15-20. 

Cat 5 Cable
Cat 5e Cable

Cat 5e plugs and jacks
Cat 5e plugs (L) and jacks (R)

Components (with online search terms)
  • UTP Cabling, Cat 5, Cat 5e or Cat 6 (Cat 5e cable, ~$15-20 per 100 feeet)
  • UTP Patchcords, ~1-2m, 2 each (Cat 5 patchcord, ~$1-3 each, often come in packs of multiple cables)
  • Cat 5 Plugs, 10 or more, (Cat 5 plugs, ~$10 for 50-100, may be supplied in tool kit)
  • Cat 5 Jacks , 10 or more, (Cat 5 Jacks. ~$10-12 for pack of 10)


Wiremapper for UTP cable

WireMapper

  • Cat 5 Cable Tester (Cat 5 or RJ-45 Cable Tester, ~$10 or may come in kit with tools)


safety glasses

Safety glasses

Additional Equipment Required

  • Safety Glasses (hardware or drugstore, ~$5)
  • Read information on safety below before beginning any exercises.


Lessons and Exercises
The following lessons and exercises are included in this course.

  • Safety - Read information below before beginning any exercises.
  • UTP cable construction, functions of the twists in pairs
  • Stripping cable
  • Separating pairs, examining twists
  • Terminating cables with plugs
  • Terminating cables with jacks
  • Testing connections with a wiremapper


For each exercise you complete, fill in a scorecard to document your results. Download Scorecards (PDF).

When you complete all exercises, you can get a Fiber U Certificate of Completion.

Safety:

Uncle Ted

Hi, I'm Lennie's Uncle Ted. I've been working with copper cables for many years. I'll be your guide for this course.

Please Note: This is not the usual online course - it is intended to guide you as you learn some of the basic skills used in copper cabling. It involves using actual tools and components in a realistic manner. Some of the processes here can be hazardous, like working with sharp scraps of wire.

Always wear safety glasses when doing any of these exercises and dispose of all  scraps immediately and properly.

Familiarize yourself with these safety procedures and follow them all the time.



These guidelines are strictly the opinion of the FOA provided for educational purposes and the reader is expected to use them as a basis for learning. The FOA assumes no liability for the use of any of this material.

Do not work with fiber without safety glasses and a proper work area that is easy to clean up.


Avoid accidents by exercising a little caution. Dispose of all scraps immediately and properly. Put them in a properly marked paper cup or other container for disposal. Do not drop them on the floor where they will stick in carpets or shoes and be carried elsewhere. Do not eat anywhere near the work area.
    
Clean up after your exercises carefully.



Lessons and Exercises

Click on the links for each exercise. Download the Scorecards to keep records of your completion of each exercise.

1. UTP Cable  

2. Terminating UTP Cable with modular 8-pin plugs  

3. Terminating UTP Cable with modular 8-pin jacks  

4. Testing - wiremapping patchcords and links  




Coming soon!

When you complete all exercises, you can get a Fiber U Certificate of Completion.
If you have watched all the videos, used the loss simulator and successfully completed all the hands-on exercises required you may take this Fiber U Certificate of Completion exam.

If you are taking this course yourself, the
Fiber U Certificate of Completion exam cost $20.

If you are
taking this course with an instructor from an FOA Approved school, they will provide the link for you to take the exam.








This information is provided by The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. as a benefit to those interested in teaching, designing, manufacturing, selling, installing or using fiber optic communications systems or networks. It is intended to be used as an overview and/or basic guidelines and in no way should be considered to be complete or comprehensive. These guidelines are strictly the opinion of the FOA and the reader is expected to use them as a basis for learning, as a reference and for creating their own documentation, project specifications, etc. Those working with fiber optics in the classroom, laboratory or field should follow all safety rules carefully. The FOA assumes no liability for the use of any of this material.



 

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