How to Wire an Ethernet Wall Jack Using Eight Wires


Ethernet cables allow you to connect computers together into a network. These cables use a series of eight wires to transmit electronic signals to each other. The signals are then translated into digital data. Wire an Ethernet wall jack using eight wires in your home or office so that you can create a network for sharing data and printers.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire cutter
  • Screwdriver
  • Ethernet wall jack
  • Use the wire cutter to cut the end of the Ethernet cable off at a 90-degree angle. Ensure that the cut is smooth and has no ragged edges.

  • Carefully cut away the outer sheath of the Ethernet cable, using a utility knife. Peel the sheath back about 2 inches. Trim off the sheath.

  • Separate the wires inside. There will be four colored wires inside, along with four white or white-striped wires. Each of the white wires is paired with one of the colored wires. In some Ethernet cables, the white wires have a colored band on them to indicate which colored wire they should be paired with. Otherwise, they need to be paired with the colored wire that they are twisted around. Carefully separate the wires so they are aligned as such: white/green, green, white/orange, blue, white/blue, orange, white/brown, brown.

  • Turn the Ethernet jack around so that you can see the wire mounting points on the back. This will be color-coded to go along with the wires.

  • Press the green/white wire into the colored slot on the back of the Ethernet jack. Press it into place with the included tool. Repeat this process for the other wires until they are all set in their appropriate slots.

  • Carefully feed the Ethernet cable into the wall box until the Ethernet plate is flush with the wall.

  • Insert the screws into the Ethernet wall plate and into the wall box. Secure with a screwdriver.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit Jeffrey Hamilton/Lifesize/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!