Ethernet and Patch Cables

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What's the difference between Ethernet cable and Patch cable? And what does "straight-through" mean? Thanks
ASKED: November 30, 2007  4:50 PM
UPDATED: July 8, 2010  7:12 PM

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An Ethernet cable and a patch cable can be the same thing but the later is usually shorter to “Patch” in from your patch panel to your switch.

Straight through is in reference to a cable being NORMAL instead of a CROSS OVER (Crossed Pairs)

Ethernet cable= type of cable.
Straight Cable (Patch)= This is the standard for Ethernet cables. This cable is used when connecting a pc or a router or such
Cross-over cable= this is used for 2 devices of the same type to communicate together. Example, A PC to PC> configured manually can communicate on the same network together.

If your question is based off of a scenario then just post and I can assist with more detailed information.

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  • IT-Guy1509
    Basicly the info is correct the difficulties above are with the different devices and like devices. Different- Router-Switch PC-Switch Like Devices- PC-PC PC-Router Xbox-PC Also the pairs within the wires. A straight cable goes from pin 1-8 matching on both sides. /if you are dealing with a standard Ethernet cable in order to modify or create a cross-over cable on side B the orange and Green pairs need to be switched If anyone is confused you can contact me at IThelp1509@yahoo.com i can assist with more information
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  • Buddyfarr
    the orange and green pairs would be switched depending on if the cable was wired 568A or B. as long as you switch 1 to 3, and 2 to 6 then it would make a correct crossover cable. basically ethernet is the type of cable like the answer says and a patch cable is usually a straight thru cable, (pin 1 to pin 1 on the other end and so on). there is also a rollover cable where they swap on the other end. pin 1 to pin 8, 2 to 7, 3 to 6 and 4 to 5. A rollover cable is typically used to connect a pc to the console port of a router for configuration purposes.
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  • Jbarry234
    what is the difference between network cable yellow and patch cable?
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