Cross-Over Cable Question

By Kevin16 ยท 6 replies
Apr 4, 2005
  1. Hey

    Quick question....

    Are cross-over cables supposed to work as a regular ethernet Cat5 cable? Because I bought one and it worked as an ethernet cable for my internet connection, but I haven't tried using it for DCC.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    No, a crossover cable is not the same as a straight-through cable..
    Some network devices are able to detect crossover/straight cables and adjust their signals accordingly so you can use any type of cable, but that is more of an exception than a rule.
  3. Kevin16

    Kevin16 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 92

    Yeah I know it's not the same but I just thought it was weird that the crossover cable worked for my modem connection.
  4. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    A crossover cable is really only designed to network two computers (only) It allows the two to be differentiated and share an Internet connection.Your machine worked because it is connected alone.You would not get any problems until you joined a Domain or Workgroup behind a switch or router.
  5. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX TS Rookie Posts: 243

    just an interesting point,
    Network cables only require 4 of the 8 wires to work.
    The other wires are used to insulate the other cables, and provide electrical stability.
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    All 8 wires are needed for gigabit ethernet. You can also put two fast ethernet links through one cable. Or use the same cable for ethernet and telephone.
    A crossover cable was originally meant to uplink hubs and switches.
    Ethernet has nothing to do with internet.
  7. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX TS Rookie Posts: 243

    yes, i was just talking about a standard CAT-5 10/100mpbs cable.
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