[ILUG] Re: Network cable questions
Paul Mc Auley
paul at baltimore.ie
Fri Jan 14 16:54:12 GMT 2000
On Fri, 14 Jan 2000 16:47:18 GMT
Kathryn Cassidy (User Account) <hellbunnie at irelands-web.ie> wrote:
| Some time ago there was a discussion about home
| networking where someone said they thought you could
| only attach two computers directly with cat 5 cable
| (ie. without a hub) if it was some "special cross-over
| cable" and not just normal twisted pair.
| Can anyone confirm this? Also, is there a name for
| this type of cable, or if I go to peats/maplin asking
| for cross-over cat 5 cable will they know what I'm
| talking about.
Yes. To attach two NICs directly you need a crossover cable, if you ask
somebody who knows what Cat-5 is, they should also be aware of crossovers.
OTOH, I tried this at home for a while before I got sick of the machines
whinging that I'd unplugged the other machine and I got a dinky little four
port hub for about 30 quid from Dabs.
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