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Simple (?) Networking Question

Discussion in 'Networking & NAS' started by Rambles, Feb 20, 2005.

  1. Rambles

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    I currently have my media center pc connected to my main pc using a crossover cable ethernet to ethernet and internet connection sharing enabled. If I wanted to use a broadband router instead (to add a third pc) woud I have to 'un-cross' the existing ethernet cable??

    fanx
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  2. Bubbauk

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    lisag, yes you would, you need to use a straight through (patch) cable to be able to use a router, there are convertors to convert a patch to a crossover not sure if there are ones for the other way round, network cable is cheap anyway.
     
  3. Rambles

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    Hi,

    Thanks for the quick reply, I was hoping for a different answer, the cable is routed through my entire house and I am not re-doing that.... I had to borrow some crimpers to cross it over in the first place.... it took ages, very fiddly :suicide:

    Will have a look for an adptor, good idea
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  4. Werner

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    some broadband routers support auto mdi switching, so you can use any cable
     
  5. Rambles

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    Oh thanks, that sounds hopeful, will research that.
    Another thought - if I replaced my USB ADSL modem with a USB ADSL router could I leave the existing x-over cable connection as it is? Just add extra connections via the router?
     
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    All you need to do is buy a female to female UTP connector like this one: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=1795 and another short crossover cable. connect the cable extender to the existing x-over cable then plug the new short x-over into the other side. this will "uncross" the cable.

    I have this in my setup at home and it works fine.

    HTH

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  7. MikeFish

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    All the modem/routers i have looked at recently have automatic cable detection. This means you can use your existing cable and the router will detect this and adjust accordingly.
     
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    Yep have to agree. Just about all routers and switches I've used over the last 18 months or more have done this.
     
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    Thanks for the help guys
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