a straight-through cable to your fast ethernet interface of a router

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what would happen when you use a straight-through cable to connect your computer to the fast ethernet interface of a router
ASKED: April 19, 2009  12:27 PM
UPDATED: May 25, 2009  5:11 PM

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Gieven the state of todays ports on routers, most utilize cable selection thus making it possible to use either a crossover or a straigh-through cable between like and un-alike devices. If you have an older device though, say 2yrs or older, chances are you won’t get connectiity because of improper cabling.

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  • FASTRIDER
    I agree with CRagsdale32. A straight-through cable (RJ45) is the usual way to connect a computer or network peripheral device to a NUMBERED port. However, are you, perhaps, referring to the port marked "WAN" or "UPLINK"? What is the Make and Model # of your Router, as I may have docs?
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  • BlankReg
    The normal case would be to use a cross-over NOT as straight cable, as both are the same type of port. However the SOHO routers from Cisco actually have a hub (on the older models) or a switch (on the newer ones) as the LAN side interfaces, so these would need a straight cable. The easiest way is to plug in a straight cable and see if the lights come on, if not then try a cross-over. If neither works, then check the interface is active, and try the cables again.
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