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Network Cables, Routers and Rack Question.....
ROUBOS 
6/9/08 12:52:05 AM
Champion

Hi people,

(sorry for the stupid question)

I know that we use Crossover Cables for communication PC to PC and normal cable for PC to hub/switch.

What about from the ADSL Router to a Switch for internet sharing? Do I use a crossover cable or normal straight through with the 568A Standard?

I also need to setup a Rack, and if anyone has a site with a "howto" setup a rack (doing it for the first time) it would be appreciated.

And so from PC to the Rack we use a normal straight through cable right?

Thanks people and once again sorry for the stupid question. Just that my switch came with a crossover cable, and so is it necessary for connecting to a modem/router? Got confused a little :)

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sirsquidness 
6/9/08 12:59:57 AM
Champion

These days it should have auto cross over in them all. In fact, as a rule of thumb, if there's no uplink port or option, it will probably have auto cross over, thus negating the need for a cross over cable. And if any of it is gigabit, that automatically has cross over. There's only two ways to be sure. a) read the manuals. b) try it.

As for setting up a rack, I've done audio racks. Never really had to touch a networking one, so I'll leave that question alone...

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ROUBOS 
6/9/08 1:10:24 AM
Champion

thanks a lot. So just go by straight cables and see how we go. Forget the crossover ones :)

Now just wait and see if anyone has some info on Racks...

thanks again

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smadge1 
6/9/08 3:17:29 PM
Immortal

When you say Rack, do you mean a structured cabling system?

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segger 
6/9/08 3:19:33 PM
Guru

A router to switch connection would use a straight-through cable. However if the router had an inbuilt switch, you'd effectively be connecting a switch to another switch so would need to use a crossover cable - unless as squid suggested, either unit supports auto-crossover.

The cabling you'd use with a rack is related to the equipment in the rack, not the rack itself. The rack just holds stuff.

Why do you think you need/want a rack? How big do you need it to be? What to you plan to fill it with? There's not much to tell, really. You buy a rack and you bolt stuff into it.

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gazdude67 
8/9/08 9:49:44 PM
Initiate
Network/Rack setup:

Cat cabling comes out of wall cavity into the rear of the rack enclosure.
These cables are terminated onto the Mod housing strip at the rear. From the mods you use shorter pre-made cables into a Switch/hub 10/100/1000.
Usually the Switch is connected to your ADSL cable sat modem, ours is set up through a Netgear Pro firewall. The rack is really only used as a place where all the electronics come together and are stored in one place usually behind locked door.

The biggest mistake when setting up a network is to run cables straight into the Switch, this makes for a messy looking install.And use wall plates at each of your workstations as well, don't be tempeted to just run the cable between your switch and the computer. Once you get into the whole cabling setup it becomes quite interesting and a challenge. I personally have set up 7 small networks ( of approx 10 - 30 computers in each network and networked printers etc)
If you set up this type of cabling network and use newer gear you should not have to worry about cross over cables and the alike.

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smadge1 
8/9/08 9:59:21 PM
Immortal

Horizontal cabling is usually done with solid core cables.

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