Solved: Difference between patch and cross over Ethernet cable?

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spudy12

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I know that on a cross over they switch pins but why does it do this? and do appliances work without patch cables?

Just a bit of easy to understand info please haha :)

Spud

Edit: Also i dont know specifically what cables i am currently using, i assume they are most likely to patch cables though?

And one final thing, i currently have a main router connect to 2 seperate switches. should these be using cross over cables as i assume they are using patch at the moment.

Many thanks :)
 

leroys1000

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Crossover cables were used in older networks to make sure
the transmit and recieve pairs were properly connected
for data transfer when conecting 2 devices directly together.
Like connecting 2 computers together by ethernet port.
Newer network equipment is auto detecting and usually
doesn't need crossover cables.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethernet_crossover_cable
 
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