why a standard ethernet cable worked when a patch cable didn't

Charles Curley charlescurley at charlescurley.com
Sun Dec 9 18:39:16 MST 2012


On Sun, 09 Dec 2012 17:25:24 -0700
Wade Shearer <wadeshearer.lists at me.com> wrote:

> It turns out that it was the cable that I was using to connect the
> switch to the router. It works with the Linksys switch but not with
> the Cisco switch. After I replaced the cable with a different (black,
> unmarked) one, everything worked.

Possibly one was a regular cable (pin to pin) and the other a crossover
cable (pins wired to different pins). Hold up the two ends, thumb tabs
away from you, and see if the color codings agree (regular) or not
(crossover).

Then again, it's more likely Michael is correct.

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