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Newbie Woes - Crossover Patch Dilemma



 
 
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Old August 25th 04, 03:04 PM posted to uk.comp.home-networking
Andy F Batter
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Default Newbie Woes - Crossover Patch Dilemma

And I thought this was going to be easy...

I bought a new network card for the 2nd pc, and a 30m run of cable from
ebuyer, not realising that there were two sorts of cable, patch and
crossover. Typically, I've realised after about an hour of fiddling about
that I've bought the wrong sort and have a network that don't work.

Anyway, is there a female to male adaptor or something I can use to fix
this? Or do I have to buy an entire new cable? I'm hoping for a quick
cheap fix to get me going... Any advice appreciated before I begrudgingly
give ebuyer 20 for the crossover version.

TIA

Andy


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Old August 25th 04, 03:35 PM posted to uk.comp.home-networking
Zontag
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Default Newbie Woes - Crossover Patch Dilemma

Andy F Batter wrote:
And I thought this was going to be easy...

I bought a new network card for the 2nd pc, and a 30m run of cable from
ebuyer, not realising that there were two sorts of cable, patch and
crossover. Typically, I've realised after about an hour of fiddling about
that I've bought the wrong sort and have a network that don't work.

Anyway, is there a female to male adaptor or something I can use to fix
this? Or do I have to buy an entire new cable? I'm hoping for a quick
cheap fix to get me going... Any advice appreciated before I begrudgingly
give ebuyer 20 for the crossover version.

TIA

Andy



Here are 6 solutions,

(1) Short patch cable and crossover joiner adaptor.
(2) Short crossover cable and straighthrough joiner adaptor
(3) Buy a mini hub and one patch cable.
(4) Get a new end crimped on the cable .
(5) Cut the cable and splice it
(6) Wire one end to an RJ45 wall socket crossed wired.
Maplin and others sell crossover adaptors but are a rather pricey place
to buy patch cables.

From most smaller PC shops the going rate for a very long xcrossover
cable and two PCI 10/100baseT network cards is abot 12 pounds.
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Old August 25th 04, 03:51 PM posted to uk.comp.home-networking
Andy F Batter
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Default Newbie Woes - Crossover Patch Dilemma

Zontag wrote:

Here are 6 solutions,


In a state of desperation I went for option 7... Buy a 30m crossover cable
from ebay for 6.99 (+p&P) and chuck the other in the spares bin for
evermore.

From most smaller PC shops the going rate for a very long xcrossover
cable and two PCI 10/100baseT network cards is abot 12 pounds.


There's no small PC shop where I live, I'd have to travel 15 miles. All we
have in town is building societies and charity shops, but that's the Fens
for you.

Thanks for the advice though, all the same.

Andy


 




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