[Q] What is a Crossover Cable?
[A] Crossover Cables are used to connect networking components together. As a rule, these devices will be alike. An example
of like devices would be connecting your computer to another
computer to share files and other resources. This is known as
a peer-to-peer network. Crossover Cables are used to connect
fewer types ofl networking components together and are the least
common as a result.
cables are wired using the EIA/TIA standard 568-B on one end,
and the EIA/TIA standard 568-A on the other. The only real difference
bewtween the two is the reversal of the orange and green pairs
from one end to the other. The 568-B/568-A standard refers to
the order that the individual 8 wires will be arranged when
crimped into the RJ45 plug.
Cables are offered in CAT 5, CAT 5e, and CAT
6. These are different cable material standards designed
to support successively higher transmission rates. One common
misconception to buyers is that they must have a CAT 6 Cable
in order to acheive a Gigabit signal in their network. This
is only true if you are buying cheap, offshore, or "bargain"
warehouse cables. A good quality CAT 5e Cable made to
proper standards will carry a gigabit signal. It just was not
designed or certified for it.
are a variety of possible connections that can be made with
a crossover cable. examples would include the following:
- Patch Panel to Patch Panel
- Switch to Switch
- Computer to Computer (peer-to-peer network)
- Hub to Hub
- Computer to Certain Specialized Photo Equipment
- Access point to Access point
Cables from CAT 5 Cable Company are made by hand from the
finest materials, and are 100% quality inspected for maximum
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