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Patch Cable vs Crossover Cable

by Tom Niswander on January 16, 2023

patch cables vs cross over cable

If you're looking to connect your devise to the internet you might be wondering what type of cable you need. Patch cables and crossover cables are both types of Ethernet cables that are used to connect devices such as computers, modems, routers, and switches. However, between the two they serve different purposes and have some key differences that set them apart.

About Patch Cables

A patch cable is a standard Ethernet cable that is used to connect devices within the same network. It is typically used to connect a computer to a router or a switch, or to connect two switches together. Patch cables are also known as straight-through cables because they have the same wiring configuration on both ends. This means that the wires on one end of the cable are connected to the corresponding wires on the other end in the same order.

For example, if you want to connect a computer to a router, you would use a patch cable. The patch cable would have a RJ45 plug on one end that connects to the computers ethernet port, and a plug on the other end that connects to the routers port. The data transmitted between the computer and the router would travel in a straight line, through the patch cable.

These are the most popular types of cables to connect your devices, laptops and TV's to the internet. They can give you a better internet and streaming performance by providing a hard wired connection.

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About Crossover Cables

A crossover cable, on the other hand, is used to connect two devices directly without the need for a router or a switch. It is commonly used to connect two computers directly, or to connect a computer to a network device such as a router or a switch. Crossover cables are also known as rollover cables because they have a different wiring configuration on each end. This means that the wires on one end of the cable are connected to the corresponding wires on the other end in a reversed order.

For example, if you want to connect two computers directly, you would use a crossover cable. The crossover cable would have a plug on one end that connects to one computer, and a plug on the other end that connects to the other computer. The data transmitted between the two computers would travel directly through the crossover cable, bypassing the need for a router or a switch.

Summary

To summarize, ethernet patch cables are used to connect devices within the same network, while crossover cables are used to connect two devices directly. It is important to use the correct type of cable for the job to ensure proper connectivity and performance. The most popular type of cable you will be using is a regular patch cable.

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