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Posted 06 December 2005 - 04:39 PM
Posted 06 December 2005 - 10:53 PM
Because of the way Ethernet over UTP cable is designed to work. The network is supposed to have a 'star' topology. In the middle is a 'Hub' (these days usually a Switch) and cables radiate out to connect to devices which are attached with NICs (Network Interface Cards) such as PC's, print servers, file servers, routers, etc. To make it easy to manufacture all the millions (billions?) of cables required the basic cable is straight-through i.e. it is the same whichever end you plug in. (I am getting to the point soon) Now that is fine where NICs always communicate with Hubs because the Hubs are designed to work like that but if you ever wanted to connect a NIC to a NIC it doesn't work because with a straight through cable the pins which send data out on one NIC connect to the pins which send data out on the other NIC. The set-top box has a NIC, your PC has a NIC, so to connect them you need a special "cross-over" cable that directs data out at one end to data in at the other end.
(the set top box needs a crossover adapter, it would be helpful if somebody also explained why this is)
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Posted 07 December 2005 - 09:08 PM
how would i connect my ps2 to the wireless router?
Edited by Rimmer, 07 December 2005 - 09:11 PM.
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