Cross-over cable

  Newuser2193 14:35 08 Apr 04

I have just networked three computers through a network switch. However I inadvertently used a crossover cable on one computer to the switch. However the network seems to be working fine! How can this be so if I've used the wrong cable ? I intend to replace the cable with a patch cable but have I risked doing any damage?

  anon1 15:03 08 Apr 04

Doubt if you have done damage it would be more likely that the crossover cabled pc would not work in the group.

  geeuk 15:24 08 Apr 04


The switch will know you have a cross over cable attached and will use it instead of its internal cross over. If you replace it with a straight through cable it will manage the cross over its self. Its doing know harm.

  Newuser2193 22:05 08 Apr 04

Thanks for the replies. Am I then right in thinking that I do not need another cable?

  duckers 22:19 08 Apr 04

You are indeed correct.....
Incidentally you can buy adapters that convert a normal cable to crossover for about a quid at computer fairs,, theyre well worth the investment and you never need to worry about cable types again, you only ever need a straight through patch cable and an adapter.
click here and look at the top advert,, these are expensive though at almost a fiver, last time I bought some I got 4 for a fiver so as always look about,,,

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