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Hi, If I want to setup a computer network when do I use a patch cable and when do i use an Ethernet cable?

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  • BigE
    Lv 7
    8 months ago
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    There is no modern reason for a crossover. We threw them out because people grabbed them and did not check the ends and could not figure out why they don't work.

    Most switches now are MDIX, which autosenses the cable type.  Crossover only good for switch to switch or pc to pc.

    Patch and what you call ethernet is the straight thru and the same.  Patches usually are in patch panels which is a shorter run, but can traverse several network racks.

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    • VP
      Lv 7
      8 months agoReport

      Until you're dispatched to a site with old, tired equipment that doesn't use autosensing. Probably why Cisco still teaches it.

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  • 8 months ago

    Maybe you are thinking cross over cable which is only used when two devices need to communicate without a router or switch involved. A patch cable is just a short ethernet cable that might be used to connect a router to a nearby switch or a modem to a nearby router.

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  • Dave
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Patch cable = ethernet cable. Used to connect different types of devices (PC to Switch)

    Crossover cable = ethernet cable. Used to connect same type of devices with no hub/switches (i.e. PC to PC).

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  • 8 months ago

    Many thanks for a speedy reply.

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  • P
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    They are the same thing.  A patch cable is basically usually just a really short ethernet cable.  You just use the length of cable that's most appropriate for what you are hooking up or just what you have.  

    • Tim8 months agoReport

      Many thanks for a speedy reply!

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