Posted 14 June 2005 - 08:44 PM
bendebear - just to clarify about the cable type - Cat 5E is a networking standard. It signifies the cable you have is good for modern network speeds, it does not say anything about what type of cable it is. There are two types:
1. Straight through - a standard network patch cable for example.
2. Cross-over - a special cable for linking two devices of the same kind, such as two hubs or two PC network cards. The cabling pinout is as LoLucky described.
To distinguish between the two types cable-makers often make a cross-over a different colour to the normal blue cable (but not always), the good ones will fix a label to it saying 'X-over" or similar. The only way to be sure what you have is to get a magnifying glass and check the cable colours where they end inside the transparent connector. Holding the connectors the same way, if the colours are in the same places it is a straight through cable. If some of the colours are in different places it is (probably) a cross-over cable.
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