Ethernet cable configuration

  JASON-212380 13:37 07 May 2009

I am currently trying to put together a wired Ethernet home network…
My question to you all is – How should a Ethernet cable be configured
(Crossover or Straight).
• From the rear of a wall faceplate, to a switch.
• Then from the switch, to the backs of further faceplates.

Having read previous threads I have established that from the rear of a faceplate to the rear of another faceplate – a crossover cable should be used, however adding a switch into the mix has confused me.

  recap 19:58 07 May 2009

To my knowledge it would be a crossover cable.

  Tech Guy 20:09 07 May 2009

If you wire the link between the face plates straight-through, then you would use, as recap quite rightly stated, a cross-over cable - but only 1 - on the other side you'd use a straight through cable.

This is because you only need cross over once, if you use a cross-over on both sides, you'd cross over then cross back at the other end. = straight through.

I remember drawing a picture about this for someone, I'll be back.

  Tech Guy 20:14 07 May 2009

Found it:

click here

Althought the way you said will work. If you are only going to connect two switches with the face plates then I would follow my diagram - takes all the guess work out of it and no need to buy cross over patch leads :)

Happy networking!

  JASON-212380 07:50 08 May 2009

Thank you very much for your help……
It is very much appreciated.

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