[Q] What kind of Cable do I need to connect a router to another router?
[A] If you have been following the other articles written on the subject, you may already be aware that Patch Cables are the most commonly used type of CAT 5 Cable, as most devices that are connected are unlike devices (which is a very good standing rule).
If you are attempting to connect a router to another router, these are like devices and you will not be able to network them using a standard Patch Cable. You will need to use a Crossover Cable instead, preferably CAT 5E or CAT 6.
The wiring sequence in a Crossover Cable swaps pairs 2 and 3, performing the same function that would normally be taken care of by the switch or hub.
This act of "crossing over" the pairs externally is what makes this type of communication possible.
This type of cable would also be used if you were setting up a peer-to-peer network between two computers. Once you have made certain that both computers are set to operate in the same workgroup, you will be able to communicate between both devices.
5 Cable Company sells CAT 6, CAT 5E, and CAT 5 Patch and Crossover cables in 9 colors, custom fit to any length up to 328 feet.
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