Belkin Cat5e Crossover RJ45 (Not Patch!) Cables 3m £1 @ Poundland
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Belkin Cat5e Crossover RJ45 (Not Patch!) Cables 3m £1 @ Poundland

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Found 3rd Feb 2014
I know the cat5e/6 patch cables have been posted regularly here, but this is the first time I've picked up a crossover cable. Always handy to have one hanging around, and a hell of a lot easier than making your own!

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Be careful with these, they have been packaged incorrectly.
They are scrunched up in the packaging and you may well get something like this...

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee295/yorkshiretrebor/hotukdeals/belkinvat6.jpg
Edited by: "CrazyBob" 3rd Feb 2014

Always good to see branded/quality cables at £1, but most people won't know, or need to know, the difference as most modern Ethernet chipsets (and all Gigabit chipsets apparently) automatically cope with MDI or MDIX, and of course it only requires ONE end of the link to be auto MDI/MDIX for a straight/crossover to transfer data regardless.

Edited by: "mk-donald" 3rd Feb 2014

Good deal, even though these kind of things usually tend to be "free".
Heat added.

Banned

mk-donald

Always good to see branded/quality cables at £1, but most people won't … Always good to see branded/quality cables at £1, but most people won't know, or need to know, the difference as most modern Ethernet chipsets (and all Gigabit chipsets apparently) automatically cope with MDI or MDIX, and of course it only requires ONE end of the link to be auto MDI/MDIX for a straight/crossover to transfer data regardless.



I didn't understand a word of that......

What does "Not patch" mean? Thanks.

copthis1

I didn't understand a word of that......



He means that the majority of recent network ports make Crossover cables obsolete (you usually only need Crossover cables for direct links, ie pc to pc, no router/switch etc)

copthis1

I didn't understand a word of that......



Me neither, I'm pleased that I don't 'need to know' !

Most people won't know or need to know the difference between Ethernet RJ45 cabling as modern Ethernet chipsets (inside your PC, broadband modem/router/switch) make a link almost regardless of how the cables are wired.

Historically to connect two intelligent devices/computers you needed a CROSSOVER cable so they weren't both Transmitting on the same pins/wire to each other - ie it crosses-over the Tx transmit pin/connection from one to the Rx receive pin/connection on the other.. Whereas for patching kit together through routers/hubs/switches you'd use a PATCH cable as those devices expected to be wired together.

However the chips in most modern kit are programmed to make a connection regardless of the wiring - ie MDI or MDIX.
en.wikipedia.org/wik…ace

So Crossover cables aren't required in nearly all modern scenarios BUT the fact they aren't required is because the kit can cope WITHOUT, which also means they can cope WITH a crossover cable - ie if you've picked one up by ignorance or error it'll probably work just as well in achieving a connection anyway

That said I know about Crossover cables because if you wanted to 'network' a couple of Xboxes from 2002 together you needed a crossover cable!

Edited by: "mk-donald" 3rd Feb 2014

I'll bet the buyer did not know what he was buying

db72

What does "Not patch" mean? Thanks.


A "patch" cable is a standard Ethernet cable, while this deal is for a non-standard "crossover" cable, where the order of the wires within the cable has been altered to allow a direct connection between two computers.

However as others have already answered, most modern network cards (laptop / PC made in the last ~10 years) will already be able to cope whether you plug a standard "patch" cable or a "crossover" cable into it.

Used to need magic cable.

Modern times, computer/PS3/whatever is magic and no magic cable needed.

Use to use crossover cable in old days when router,s were £100 or more
By using ICS in windows and 2 lan cards to share internet
Think things have moved on since then still great deal if you need one though

http://imlikesoblonde.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/what-year-it-is-.jpg

I just see it as a cat 5e networking cable.

Dont really need these anymore, standard cables always done the trick for me
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