Cables & Connections: How to make them & how to use them

Why spend lots of money purchasing pre-made cables when you can learn to make your own cables at a fraction of the cost!
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  • Lectures 31
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

You will learn how to make your own audio, video, and data cables as well as what cables exist that can solve your technology connection problems. You will learn how to terminate Cat5 cable with an Ethernet jack, phone jack, and on a punch down terminal; how to make shielded audio cables using RG-6 coax cable; what tools exist and what/where you should purchase to do the job you're trying to do; and how to make and identify many more cable types and what they're used for!

What are the requirements?

  • No pre-existing knowledge is required
  • The "advanced" section will get into using power tools, so if you're going to try this at home, you should at least be comfortable using a soldering iron and a drill.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify a variety of cables by the type of connector and know their purpose.
  • Be able to terminate Cat 5 cable for an ethernet run or phone run.
  • Build audio, video, and cable/satellite cables using compression connectors on RG6/RG6-quad/RG45
  • Learn what the various acronyms really mean.
  • Learn how to transition different cables at the wall using different wall plates.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is intended for a novice who knows very little about how to connect technology.
  • New teachers who need to connect and troubleshoot their own computers and technological needs.
  • Home owners who are thinking about automating their house, adding a home theater, or installing secrecy cameras.

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Section 1: Outline

Outline of material to be covered for the class.

Section 2: Common Home Projects

The tools that we will be using to make various cables will be discusses. These tools can be purchased at your local home improvement store, electrical store, or online.


How to terminate a Cat5e cable with RJ-45 plugs will be demonstrated.


Terminating a Cat5 cable with an RJ45 jack (video is shot from above)


How to terminate a Cat5 cable with an RJ11 jack (to make a phone line)

5 questions

Short quiz to review what was learned about Ethernet.


How to terminate a coax cable (cable/satellite cable) with an F-Jackwill be demonstrated. Other possible terminations include RCA (or phono jacks) and BNC (Bayonet Neill–Concelman.)


Lecture on the differences between component and composite video cables.


HDMI cables and connections are discussed.

6 questions

Which cables are being used in the following examples.


Learn what a "Keystone" is and how to customize your wall plates using different keystones.


Learn how to use a punchdown tool to terminate a Cat5 cable in an Ethernet or phone keystone.


An overview of structured wiring and some websites where you can find further information and purchase supplies.


We'll take a look through some websites and discuss different products and the brand names carried by certain stores. Disclaimer: I do not work at any of these stores nor am I getting compensation for their product placement. I mention these particular stores for different products because these are the one's I've found have the best product at the best pricing.


Quick overview of some commonly used acronyms that you should be familiar with.


Learn about this wonderful system to make running cables through your walls and ceilings much easier!

5 questions

Quick quiz on acronyms!


Some examples of wall plates that exist to terminate various connections where the wires come through the wall.


Learn about making audio connections using Toslink/Lightpipe (fiber optic cable)

Section 3: Computer Connections

Understanding the VGA cable.


Understanding the USB cable


Learn what FireWire is and what you can do with it!


Overview of the Thunderbolt/Apple Display Port. Learn what you can connect to this newest port to be included on Apple laptops and desktops.


Learn about the Lightening Cable (used to connect iPhone 5 and newer.)

5 questions

What are these cables used for?

Section 4: Advanced Audio

List of tools that you will possibly need, depending on the type of wall plates that you need to make.


You are about to use power tools!! PLEASE be careful! Read your instruction manuals and understand how to use your equipment BEFORE you attempt to use it!!!


The basics of how to solder.


How to solder XLR cables.


How to solder a 1/4 inch jack.


How to solder 1/4 inch plugs


How to solder RCA jacks.


With some simple tools, you can create your own A/V wall plates.


These are examples of the wall plates I've created.


Time to wrap things up

4 questions

Quiz on what you learned in the Advanced Audio section.

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Instructor Biography

Paul Lukasiewicz, Educator • Church Musician • Music Technologist • Composer

I am a Scranton native and have been an elementary music teacher in the ScrantonSchool District since 2002. In addition to teaching music to students in grades Pre-K to 5thgrade, I also direct and create programming material for the TV studio at George Bancroft and produce the first and only podcast in the district. I have published articles about my work in the Scranton School District newsletter, which is distributed by the Scranton Times quarterly.

I started at St. Catherine's as an organist for the weekend masses in 1991. Since that time, I became the accompanist for the Youth Choir, the Adult Choir, choir director, and as of July 2009, director of music. I have debuted many original musical works at our church, including settings for "Ave Maria" and "For the Beauty of the Earth," several instrumental pieces performed during the Christmas and Easter seasons, and parts of my mass, "Missa Benedicta," named for Sr. Benedicta Berendes IHM, my music history teacher at Marywood.

I graduated from Marywood University in 1999 with a BM in Music Education and was awarded The Sister M. Clare Kelley Medal for Excellence in Music. In 2007, I received my MA, also in Music Education from Marywood. In addition, I have studied music technology courses during the summers at Villanova University and online through the University of Colorado and have completed my TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Educators) certification. My TI:ME instructors have included Dr. Tom Rudolph, Dr. Floyd Richmond, Dr. John Kuzmich, Ken Peters, and Mike Fein. I have taught various music and technology classes at Marywood University's Vivace Music Institute (formerly known as the Summer Music Camp) since 1995.

I have performed in the pit orchestra of Marywood's major theatre productions, "Pippin," "A Chorus Line," "Guys & Dolls," and "Will Rogers Follies," and in the senior workshop production of "The Fantastics." I have also worked "behind the scenes," assisting with props, lighting, and sound for several music department productions. Several of my original pieces have been performed by the Marywood Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, and at the Vivace Music Institute. I have also performed in several musicals and cabarets with the former "Diva Theater" and continue to work as an independent musician for weddings and wedding receptions. I have been teaching private music lessons since 1997.

I play the piano, organ, violin, and percussion, and have studied privately with Bob Manento, Sr. Immaculate Severino IHM, Steve Mathiesen, Mark Laubach, and Sophie Till.

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