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Old 09-06-02, 07:47 PM
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Got some bulk Cat 5 cable, need some help.

I got some bulk cat 5 cable at Home Depot so that I can share my broadband connection with my PS2 in the living room. However, I haven't bought the ends or tools yet because I'm not sure what tools or ends to get, plus Home Depot had all their ends in package of 25 and I don't need that many. Can anyone help me?
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Old 09-06-02, 07:53 PM
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I bought bulk CAT 5e cable from Home Depot; at least the ends were sold in singles. I carefully read the instructions on the labels affixed to the ends, did a little research on the 'Net, and then wired 'em up. They worked fine.

The ends I bought had 2 sets of wiring terminals, which was confusing, but eventually I figured them out.

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I used this website for some instructions on how to do a cable. The instructions are for a crossover cable, but depending on what you are doing, you may just need a straight thru cable.

For tools, I just got the crimping tool. For cutting the sheath, I used a sharp knife and was careful to not cut too deep. For the RJ45 connectors, I bought a 25 pack. Figured if I ever busted a connector, screwed up a crimping, or wanted to change a cable from crossover to straight thru, I'd have extras.
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Get RJ-45 connectors and a good crimping tool. The order doesn't really matter as long as you do it the same on both ends.
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Old 09-07-02, 01:42 PM
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Got my cable run, but I don't want to buy the $40 crimper at Home Depot. Just seems a bit pricey for me. Any other places I could look?
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Radio Shack.
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Old 09-07-02, 05:15 PM
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Originally posted by teplitsa
Radio Shack.
Thanks, everything worked great, and the first time, too.
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I also bought Cat5 cable from Home Depot, and I was wondering: What is the difference between crossover and regular cable, and which kind should I use to connect my PS2 and PC to a router?
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Old 09-08-02, 07:20 AM
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Originally posted by Dracon
I also bought Cat5 cable from Home Depot, and I was wondering: What is the difference between crossover and regular cable, and which kind should I use to connect my PS2 and PC to a router?
I made a straight through cable(it has the same arrangement of wires on both ends. Go to the website posted by UWSarge. It is very helpful.
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Originally posted by Dracon
I also bought Cat5 cable from Home Depot, and I was wondering: What is the difference between crossover and regular cable, and which kind should I use to connect my PS2 and PC to a router?
Crossover is the exact opposite of straight thru. On a straight cable it's send line to send line, rcv to rcv. On a crossover the send goes to the receive.
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Crossover cables are used in special situations, like connecting up a hub that doesn't have a special crossover switch.

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Old 09-09-02, 02:48 PM
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Originally posted by teplitsa
Get RJ-45 connectors and a good crimping tool. The order doesn't really matter as long as you do it the same on both ends.
Actually, the order does matter. For ethernet, pins 1/2 and 3/6 must be paired, since those are the send and recv pairs, you don't want the signal on split pairs.

Use this order:

White Orange, Orange, White Green, Blue, White Blue, Green, White Brown, Brown.

The oranges then are on pins 1/2, and the Greens on 3/6.

To make a cross over cable, just make one end like above, and the other end reversing the green and orange.

Split pairs WILL mess up your connection, especially if you're running Fast Ethernet (100 mbps) and/or your runs are long. For short runs, nothing really matters, but if you're going to do something, do it right.
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