Cat 5 question


Old 10-06-06, 01:29 PM
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Cat 5 question

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I am finishing my basement into an entertainment room and want to hook up phone and ethernet in the basement. I will be running CAT 5 myself. Is this setup correct? Do I have to use a crossover cable to hook into the router and computers?

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Old 10-06-06, 01:56 PM
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I would most definitely run a dedicated cable for each. I would not share the phone and LAN in the same cable.
The cost difference is negligible in the scope of things.
Also, look at how much you will use. A 1000' box may be much cheaper in the long run, even if you do not use it all now.
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You want TWO cables, one for the phone, and one for the computer connection.
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That setup will also limit your network to 10-BaseT (10Mbit max). If the cable you're running is Cat5e you could run 1000BASE-T (gigabit) over it using all 8 wires for networking.
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If you are using a router or switch you do not need a cross over cable, the uplink jack on the equipment will make the adjustment for you.
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Generally speaking, crossover cables are no longer needed.

When routers and hubs were first designed, the connections were hard-wired a certain way. Back then you would need a crossover cable for certain connections.

Next came devices with either a switch or sometimes with one internal port that had two external ports, one for each configuration.

Now, most routers and hubs are auto-sending, and will conform to the cable signals they sense.
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