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connecting XP to an old Win98 PC

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by gargoyle60, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. gargoyle60

    gargoyle60 Flightless Bird

    I have acquired an old yellow cable and on it is printed the following:

    TYPE CM 24AWG 75.C C(UL) E201854-B ETL VERIFIED TIA/EIA-56B-B.2 CAT.5 UTP PATCH

    It is 2 metres long.

    I have also taken a close look at the connectors and it looks as if the wires match at both ends,
    although to be fair the clarity isn't clear because the plugs are worn and I can't make out exactly
    on two of the wires if they are the same or not.

    At home, I would like to connect my XP Home machine to my old Win98 maching using a cable via the
    NIC sockets, but I am not sure if the above cable would do the trick.

    On some websites I have read it says PATCH is equivalent to CROSSOVER, on other sites it says they
    are not the same thing. Some sties suggest it would work, other are not so clear.

    The only thing that really bothers me is that if I use this cable, will it cause any damage to my
    network cards on either PC (or to the PC itself in other ways)?

    Can somebody please advise?
    Thanks
     
  2. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    gargoyle60 wrote:
    > I have acquired an old yellow cable and on it is printed the following:
    >
    > TYPE CM 24AWG 75.C C(UL) E201854-B ETL VERIFIED TIA/EIA-56B-B.2 CAT.5 UTP PATCH
    >
    > It is 2 metres long.
    >
    > I have also taken a close look at the connectors and it looks as if the wires match at both ends,
    > although to be fair the clarity isn't clear because the plugs are worn and I can't make out exactly
    > on two of the wires if they are the same or not.
    >
    > At home, I would like to connect my XP Home machine to my old Win98 maching using a cable via the
    > NIC sockets, but I am not sure if the above cable would do the trick.
    >
    > On some websites I have read it says PATCH is equivalent to CROSSOVER, on other sites it says they
    > are not the same thing. Some sties suggest it would work, other are not so clear.
    >
    > The only thing that really bothers me is that if I use this cable, will it cause any damage to my
    > network cards on either PC (or to the PC itself in other ways)?
    >
    > Can somebody please advise?


    You can identify crossover cables if you follow the pictures here
    (Figure B-4 Crossover Cable):

    http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/cable/cmts/ubr10012/installation/guide/u10kcbl.html#wp1006093

    It wouldn't hurt the NIC's if you use a straight patch cable... it just
    won't work properly.

    John
     
  3. gargoyle60

    gargoyle60 Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 24 Jun 2010 10:19:35 -0300, John John - MVP <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote:

    >
    >You can identify crossover cables if you follow the pictures here
    >(Figure B-4 Crossover Cable):
    >
    >http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/cable/cmts/ubr10012/installation/guide/u10kcbl.html#wp1006093
    >
    >It wouldn't hurt the NIC's if you use a straight patch cable... it just
    >won't work properly.
    >
    >John


    Thanks John

    From the diagrams the closest match seems to be Figure B-6 Straight-through Cable.
    Off to the shop for me then.
     
  4. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    gargoyle60 wrote:
    > On Thu, 24 Jun 2010 10:19:35 -0300, John John - MVP <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote:
    >
    >> You can identify crossover cables if you follow the pictures here
    >> (Figure B-4 Crossover Cable):
    >>
    >> http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/cable/cmts/ubr10012/installation/guide/u10kcbl.html#wp1006093
    >>
    >> It wouldn't hurt the NIC's if you use a straight patch cable... it just
    >> won't work properly.
    >>
    >> John

    >
    > Thanks John
    >
    > From the diagrams the closest match seems to be Figure B-6 Straight-through Cable.
    > Off to the shop for me then.


    You're welcome.

    John
     

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