Being a newbie to Computer controlled lights myself, I have found the howto's very useful. So here's a little something that I can give back to the community. I know nothing about programming, or soldering, or about electricity in general.....BUT, I do know quite a bit about networking and running cable. This howto will give you an inside look into CAT5 and RJ45 and everything in between.
Step 1 : CAT5
|CAT5 cable is generally used to connect computers together on a network. CAT5 also has a few other common names.....|
i may explain the more detailed things, if anyone would find it helpful, but for this community and how its being utilized, it doesn't matter too much.
what you do need to know is that it has 4 twisted pairs (total of 8) wired inside.
Step 2 : RJ45
RJ45 is simply the plastic boot or connector that is attached to the ends of the CAT5 cable. It is similar what you would plug into a phone...but fatter.
Step 3 : TOOLS
Step 5 : LETS STRIP