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Meow baby – we’re talking about cat-5 – or category 5 twisted-pair cables for the uninformed.  Due to a happy mistake by our awesome electrician, we have an extra set of data cables in our […]

Meow baby – we’re talking about cat-5 – or category 5 twisted-pair cables for the uninformed.  Due to a happy mistake by our awesome electrician, we have an extra set of data cables in our living room – but since that’s not really where we wanted them, Joe just left them loose in the wall and never punched them down.  

So bring out the trusty dremel multi-tool and cut a space in the baseboard for the new box so I can terminate the wires… and maybe move the TV to the other side of the room.

For the TV, I don’t have a cable crimping tool – so I got these nice screw on connecters.

That just screws into the back of the faceplate – easy!  Next, I just have to hook up the connections for the phone.  Cat5 cables have 4 pairs of wires – but only one is actually used for POTS (plain old telephone service).

The blue pair is used for phone – usually.  Strip off about a half an inch of the shielding from the two connectors (using this awesome stripper tool) and connect them into the nice screw ports.  White/blue connects to green – and blue connects to red.  Done!

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Ryan is an attorney, father, husband and tinkerer.