Greenlee Jack Termination Tools are the most popular terminations tool in the world. They have been used for years by many different industries. Greenlee jack termination tools are very easy to use and they work well even when there is no power supply available. There are several types of greenlees including:
The first type of greenlees is called “greenlee” which means “good luck”. These devices are designed to terminate all kinds of cables including coaxial, fiber optic, twisted pair, copper wire and so on.
The second type of greenlees is called “greenerlee” which means “better luck”. These devices are designed to terminate twisted pair cable only.
Greenlee Termination Tools are usually sold with a special connector for each kind of cable terminated with them.
There are two main types of connectors:
1) Power Connector – these connectors are usually made from metal and have a small hole in the center.
When you plug the device into your computer or other electrical outlet, it will automatically detect which kind of cable you want to terminate and then connect itself to that particular type of cable. You don’t need any additional software or drivers installed on your system.
2) UTP (Universal Twisted-Pair) Connector – these connectors are used for connecting twisted pair cables.
They are usually made from plastic and have a small lever on the side that lets you choose which wire (1-4) you want to connect. Other than that, they work pretty much like the power connectors mentioned above.
The third type of greenlee is called “Jack Greenlee” which means “bad luck”. These devices are used as punch-down tools for terminating the network cables that have been already cut to the proper length and stripped. They are sometimes also used as regular screwdrivers or hammers (not recommended by the manufacturer).
There are many different manufacturers that produce these devices but we can say that “Greenlee” is the best one on the market right now.
Before you start using any kind of termination tools you have to make sure that your computer is turned off (unplugged if it’s a power tool). Most of the tools require you to use both your hands so make sure there are no other people around who could unplug your computer by mistake.
Most of the termination tools are color coded so it’s easy to tell which one to use for terminating which kind of cable.
After you put the connector on the device and plug it into the outlet (or connect to another power source), you can start using it.
Most of the connectors will have a small light in them that will either blink (for UTP connectors) or remain constantly lit (for power connectors). If the connector has a blinking light you should immediately start striping the cable (with a special tool designed for this purpose). After you are done pulling off the outer transparent layer and the copper one is revealed, put the cable between the two metal parts on the connector and push them together.
After you are done, the light on the connector will either start blinking more slowly (if you terminated UTP cable) or it will remain lit but very bright (if you terminated power cable). If this is not the case, try the other wire on that particular connector port. After you are sure that you did everything correctly, remove the connector from the power source and start stripping next section of the cable.
You should continue doing this until the whole cable is terminated. After you are done, you can use the connector on another cable (unless it’s a regular power connector – these cannot be used again).
If you want to cut the cable to the proper length and strip it as well you will need to use a “Punch-Down” tool for this purpose. We will discuss this in one of our next tutorials.
We hope this article helped you understand how to properly use network connectors and tools.
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By Vladislav Voronin
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