Crossover Cables Vs Straight-Through Cables – Which Cable Should You Use?
What Are The Differences Between Crossover And Patch CablesEthernet Page 1
Ethernet cables are used to connect several components of a local areanetwork together. They generally categorized into two forms, crossover cables,and patch cables. These two types are different in terms of different, so theyare used for different roles in a local area network. Selecting the right cable tolink your network devices will dictate whether or not they will work.Patch cablesA patch cable is often called a “straight-through” cable due to the fact both ofits ends are configured in the same way, either T568A or T568B layout, but notboth. Most Ethernet cables you can find in the market are standard, straight-through cables. More specifically, the most popular type of ready-to-useEthernet cables are Cat 5e Patch Cables.Category 5e patch cables can provide you with 10/100/1,000 Megabyte persecond Ethernet connections. They are an improved type of the Cat 5 cablewhich allows only 10/100 Mbps Ethernet connections. Compared to othervariants of patch cables, Cat 5e cables are sold at a lower price point, makingthem a well-likedchoice for both residential and commercial networkingapplications.Other patch cables to choose from include Cat 3 cables that have been usedfor voice-over Internet protocol and other voice solutions. Unfortunately,interference was a big problem with this variant, and was quickly succeeded bybetter quality cables. Cat 5 cables succeeded the Cat 3 and they are designeddifferently which considerably lessened the intensity of interference. Cat 6Ethernet Page 2
cables are quite comparable to Cat 5e but are not as preferred because unlessthe network is operating at close to full speed, this type of cable does not giveany obvious benefit as the latter.Crossover cablesWith regards to physical appearance, Crossover Ethernet cables are just aboutsimilar to regular Ethernet cables, but they are actually different with regardsto the order with which the wires are arranged. This type of Ethernet cable ismade to directly connect two network devices of the same kind over Ethernet. They are widely used when linking two devices temporarily without the use of a network router, switch, or hub. Larger LAN set-ups, for instance those which have 32 ports or more, may demand this kind of cable too so as to link one hub or switch to another. If you try to hook up a computer to a hub with acrossover cable will prevent that network link from running. However, modernresidential broadband routers have logic which enables them to automaticallyrecognize crossover cables and permit them to work with other kinds ofEthernet devices.Ethernet Page 3