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Cables? Which One To Use


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#1 ConsiderThis

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Posted 27 December 2005 - 07:53 PM

Hi,
I want to get a cable so I can use the Transfer Wizard to put stuff from my old computer onto my new computer...

Does the cable have to be CAT 5 or could it be a CAT 6?

Does the description of the cable need to specify "crossover"?

And if I get a long enough one, can I use it to connect my computer so I can use them in different rooms without carting them around???????
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Posted 27 December 2005 - 08:31 PM

I assume you are talking about linking the PCs using their ethernet network ports? If so then a Cat5 or better a Cat5e cable would be fine. Cat6 would be overkill but it will work fine - you only need Cat6 if you want to run Gigabit ethernet.

You are correct in thinking to link two PCs together you will need a cross-over cable. You can have the cable up to 90+metres long so joining two computers in different rooms should not be a problem BUT you are unlikely to find a crossover cable that long - you would need to get it custom made by which time things are getting a little pricey. It's probably cheaper to buy a small Hub or Switch which will allow you to use standard patch cables to link the two PC's (PC1 - switch - PC2). That will also allow you to connect another device to your network in future.

How do you connect to the internet at the moment? Many broadband/DSL plans come with a router that has a small switch built-in. If you are thinking of putting on DSL soon you might want to do this at the same time and save yourself the price of a switch - just a thought.

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 10:10 AM

Hi and welcome to BC.
If you purchase a router with a print server in it you can share the printer without having to leave both computers on. I know you did not ask, but the printer is often over looked when putting a LAN together. Plus a router is a little less painful to configure since all routers use DHCP. That just means they automaticily configure the computers on the LAN for you. I listed a couple of links below. The router with the wireless features I recommend for later in case you add a computer that has WiFi or just do not want to deal with the wires.

Router wired & wireless 802.11g

Router w\printer server


I know it's more than you asked for, but I thought you would like the options.


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