A Quick Guide to Pulling Ethernet Cable From a Box

Updated on Oct 12, 2021 by

For all cable installers, cable pulling is a fundamental task and can not be underestimated. Failing to pull cables may lead to a series of network issues. Therefore, in this article, we will teach you about properly pulling an ethernet cable from a box. Before this, first, there are some things you need to know before clarification about how to remove ethernet cables from a box.

Things You Need to Know Before Ethernet Bulk Cable Pulling

Choose Your Ethernet Bulk Cable

Before pulling an ethernet cable from a box, you have to be aware that the uses of different ethernet bulk cables are varied since they are made of different materials. According to the performance, there are standard boxes of Ca5e/Cat6/Cat6a/Cat7 bulk cables and outdoor bulk cables for you to choose from. For outdoor use, cables with UV-resistant and waterproof jackets can withstand sunlight, dirt, snow, and moisture, which allows you to extend your internet connection even in the toughest environment. For indoor use, the cable jacket ratings can be divided into CM, CMR, and CMP, each different type is used in different locations, either in office cabling or hotel decoration. Taking the Cat6 ethernet bulk cable for example, its PVC CMR jacket accommodates in-wall and under-raised floor use, therefore, it is ideal for indoor voice, data, video, and security networking applications.

Choose the Right Ethernet Cable Pull Box

Another thing you have to know is that there are various types of pull boxes. Choosing the right type of pull box can bring you a good pulling experience and make your cable-pulling process more efficient. An ethernet cable pull box designed with a payout hole can be very helpful for the cable to be pulled through. The payout technology reduces kinks and straightens out the cable when pulling. Another advantage is that the cable in the box is coiled in a neat and specific design to help with the cable out of the box. This type of pull box is overall ideal for standard use or more difficult locations like up in the ceiling or attic. The picture below shows FS Cat6 ethernet bulk cable, which comes in a package with a wide opening design and flexible pulley to reduce the pulling tension:

Cat6 Ethernet Bulk Cable

Pulling an Ethernet Cable from a Box

When pulling an ethernet cable from a box, please make sure that you are pulling the cables in the right direction. Once you have made your choice on the cable and the right network cable pulling box, you ought to ensure that you are pulling the cables in the direction that you will be installing. The pictures below can be a good reference:


  • Pull the cable with the opening hole of the box in the same direction in case of twisting.

  • Keeping a steady pull will help reduce the pulling tension and avoid damage to the cable.

  • Leave enough cable at each end to add connectors to reach the terminating locations.

Useful Tools for Ethernet Bulk Cable Installation

Having known the things before cable pulling and how to pull an ethernet cable from a box, then, what should you do after cable pulling? You ought to begin the ethernet cable installation and you will have to terminate your cables with copper RJ45 connectors to set up your network. During the installation, you may need a set of network installation tools such as a network cable tester, cable crimping tool, network cable stripper and plier, etc. There is a picture of those network installation tools you may need below:

Network Installation Tools

To know exactly how you could use these tools to perform ethernet cable installation, you can refer to the video below:

Related FAQs

Q: What's the maximum distance I can pull an ethernet cable?

A: There are a few different versions of ethernet cables, but the maximum length is 305 meters (1000 feet).

Q: What should I choose between Cat5 or Cat6 ethernet cables?

A: If you want faster internet speeds, Cat6 ethernet cable is a good choice. It reduces something called “crosstalk” — signal transfers that disrupt your communication channels. If you are satisfied with your current internet speeds, however, a Cat5 ethernet cable might be all you need. Besides, Cat5 cables tend to be cheaper than Cat6 cables.

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