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Solved: Difference between patch and cross over Ethernet cable?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by spudy12, Dec 19, 2010.

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  1. spudy12

    spudy12 Thread Starter

    Nov 7, 2010
    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 :)


    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 :)
  2. leroys1000

    leroys1000 Banned

    Aug 15, 2007
    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.
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