Xbox live check lead error

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Taz

Guest
Can anyone give me an idiots guide to connecting my Xbox live please, I have my Xbox connected to PC via PCI NIC card coz my broadband is running via USB but all i get is that dredded 'check lead' first error.:(

Can anyone help me please! ;)


Taz.:cool:
 

EffTee

Member
Are you using a crossover cable? 'cos you need to. You'll get that message if you are using a patch or straight through cable.

EffTee
 
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Taz

Guest
Originally posted by EffTee
Are you using a crossover cable? 'cos you need to. You'll get that message if you are using a patch or straight through cable.

EffTee
:confused: Can you explain that in English now please;)

Taz.:cool:

*edit* I have a single cable from Xbox to PCI card is this not right then?
 

Gordon @ Convergent AV

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I need to emmbed cable in wall for a client and don't have termination tools for RJ45 at present. So I need to get cable termination right. I thought it would be a standard patch cable but are you saying you need a UTP cable from router to XBOX?

Please can someone confirm exactly what is required for XBOXlive so I can get this lead made up by my chum.

Cheers<

Gordon
 

EffTee

Member
I'm no expert on networking, but my understanding is that NIC to NIC requires crossover and NIC to Hub/router, etc requires straight through (outherwise known as patch?).

A crossover cable worked fine from my XBox to a NIC in my PC. I have now swapped to straight through, as I'm using a router.

There you go - you now know everything I know about networking :blush:

EffTee
 

Sinzer

Well-known Member
The term patch is usually used to denote a small length of CAT 5 used to "patch" the PC into the RJ45 socket at the desk or floorport. This 99% of the time means it is straight through :)
 

RimBlock

Active Member
Right,

(*Deep breath*)..

Cross over cable (or X-over) is a cable where one end of the cable has it's send and receive wires reversed or crossed over.

Patch is straight through wires.

UTP is unshielded twisted pair cable (more commonly known as cat5). UTP is not by default cross over cable. The TP denotes the twin sets of wires that are twisted together for better resilience to interfearance.

There are also different grades of cat 5 UTP cable (cat5 - 10/mbit, cat5e 100/mbit, cat6 1/Gbit etc).

Bottom line is;
Computer -> computer = X
Computer to hub/switch = non-x

Most hubs/switches will allow you to use either as they will provide the crossover internally as required.

Hope that helps a little.

RB
 

RimBlock

Active Member
First is your PC running Internet Connection Sharing software so all packets from the XBox will be forwarded via the P.C. to your ADSL connection ?

For P.C. -> XBox connection you will nedd a X-over cable.

Here is a link to wiring the X-over cable with colour pics :D .

10 base T and 100 Base T have the same plug wiring so don't worry that it is talking about 10bT.

UTP and STP (unshielded and shielded twisted pair) is a cable spec not a wireing spec (like coax is a type of cable). X-over and patch is how that cable is wired, cat 5 / cat5e & cat 6 is the grade of the cable (rating like coax for digital sat being a better grade of cable than standard aerial cable).

Cheers
RB
 

CarlB

Well-known Member
Gordon,

I am using a PC and MAC on my home network along with an XBox connected to live, all via a Linksys router. All are connected via standard patch cables as the router handles the crossover.

However, if you are providing structured cabling in a house it may be more useful to make the runs in wall as crossover runs. As mentioned before this would not matter if a router was introduced, but it would give the advantage of being able to directly connect two devices in separate rooms *directly* to each other, without the need for a router. For LAN gaming, for example.

Just something to consider, but almost everyone uses a router to share a BB connection these days so it's no big deal.
 

CarlB

Well-known Member
No problem Gordon. I was looking at that as my solution but I have just upgraded to the Linksys wireless router and wireless Ethernet bridge for the XBox. So no more wires are required outside of the office. Works like a charm as well, plus gives me the option of adding the PS2 and GC online functionality without adding more wires into the equation.
 

RimBlock

Active Member
Gordon,

Sorry, read your post and Taz's original and answered both together as one post.

Answer is;

End Device -> End device = X-over
End Device -> Network device = Patch

End device being PC, Xbox etc
Network device being Router, Hub, Switch

I have a patch from my 3 PC's -> switch and patch from switch -> router.

UTP cat5e will be fine. Only worry about STP if you are running the cable in areas of very high interference (I use UTP behind my TV with vid, sat, power and pre-amps without a problem for my HTPC).

Cheers
RB
 

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