My elder daughter is due to start at university next month. She has a network/web connection available in her room and the university's website says that she will need a "network cable" to connect her laptop to it.
I assume that this means an RJ45 CAT5E straight through Ethernet cable.
Having had one daughter just complete her degree and another about to start, I can assure you it will be straight through. Crossover cables are only used in special circumstances, connecting two local computers together for example, but not in a server/client situation.
Get a long one is good advice. I think I bought daughter number one, a cable about fifteen feet (five meters approx) long and it's just as well I did. The socket was in a most inaccessible place and it proved to be a blessing to have a long cable.
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