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Ethernet Cable and Router compatibility

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jetmech76, Apr 15, 2012.

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  1. jetmech76

    jetmech76 Thread Starter

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    Please excuse my inexperience first off. I'm in the process of getting a new router up and running. Replacing a D Link WBR-1310 with a ZyXEL VSG1432 which is supposed to also have an integrated modem. So I'm having some problems getting the new set-up running. I'm sure that it's me not having things hooked up correctly since I'm losing two separate peices in lieu of one bigger piece. The main thing that has me concerned now is that the Cat 5e cables that were pre-installed in my house (which run through the walls to all the bedrooms plus living room) will not "lock" into place in the routers Ethernet ports. They will slide in so far, but won't lock and the corresponding lights on the router stay dark. Are the connectors on Cat5 cables different from Ethernet cables? Or is that router designed for Cat6 cables and are they different? Any insight would be appreciated.
     
  2. DaveBurnett

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    They are cat5 which should be the same as Ethernet.
    Are you pushing the cables in far enough and you may need to depress the 'tab' on the cables as they can be tight.
    Also they may be upside down compared to the old ones.
     
  3. jetmech76

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    Thanks Dave. I figured the connectors were the same between the different cables. I tried all that you said, and still nothing. My neighbor who coincidentally works for the local phone company which is also my ISP said he believes that when they ran the wiring, they crimped on connectors that were slightly different than standard connectors. He is going to come over at some point and install new connectors on the cables. Hopefully that is all that is needed.
     
  4. DaveBurnett

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    They will remain dark, even if correctly wired, unless there is a device at the other end (obviously?).
    I take it you have tried the router with a local fly lead directly into you computer?
     
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