Cable Crossover versus Straight Through

  frager 00:23 14 Mar 2006
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Apologies for a beginner’s very simple question. I never seem to be able to get the precise answer on the net to the exact question I have.
I have a Netgear DG834GT router. The cable supplied by Netgear is too short for where I want to position my router in relation to the computer and I need to buy a longer one.
What type of cable should I buy - a crossover or a straight through to connect my computer to the router?
I have tried to examine the cable supplied by Netgear but I cannot determine what type of cable it is.
As an addendum: What type of cable do I use if I need to connect my laptop directly to my PC with nothing in between?

Thanks.

Frager

  LastChip 01:10 14 Mar 2006

Cables via a router or switch are straight though (patch) cables.

Cables connecting two computers DIRECTLY together are crossover cables.

  frager 11:20 14 Mar 2006

Thanks for your clear reply. When I thought about it I realised that when connecting two computers DIRECTLY the output from one must become the input to the other.

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