Our goal was to make a working cable. After the cable was made we had to test it to make sure that it worked, and if it did we worked on connecting it to a patch panel, the eventually to a PC.
UTP Cable, RJ45 connector, Patch panel, wire cutters, wire stripper, crimping tool, and cable tester.
What are some advantages and disadvantages of using Thinnet and/or Thicknet as compared to UTP?
Thinnet has thin cables that can be easily handled/ bent and there’s no need for external transceivers and AUI cables, but has limited segment length.
Thicknet is directly connected to the NIC of a computer, but is larger and harder to manipulate.
Why is it important not to untwist the cables anymore than is necessary?
Keeping them twisted cancels out electromagnetic interference from external sources.
I was able to make a working CAT-5 cable (on the first try) and definitely learned a lot in the process (since I had never worked with cables before).