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How to use a Tone Generator to trace a network cable

We have a tone generator kit for tracing network cables, but I am having trouble using it correctly. The tone generator end plugs into the network cable I am trying to trace, and then I assume I ...
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Long cat5e cable

Cabling contractors put wires according to plan however I think the distance is longer than 100 meters as I cannot see devices connected on another end. When the cat5e cable is longer than 100 meters, ...
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Tracing a network cable that is already connected to the network

Some remodeling was done while I was away from work, and I'm left with several unlabeled cat5 cables that are terminated with RJ45 keystone modules. On the other end, all of the cables are terminated ...
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Odd Network Cable Color Coding Sequence

I just got hired into a new company where no IT has been before. My first task was to identify the possible problems. This is what I first saw, when checking on the cables connected to the switch, I ...
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SAS direct dual link connection to an embedded LSI Fusion-MPT controller

This is a hardware question. I have a dual-link SAS hard drive and a Intel S5000XVNSAS motherboard without the drive cage option. Recently, I bought a direct dual-link cable ...
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Infiniband cable

What is the difference between an active and a passive cable? What is the difference between QSFP and QSFP+? Given the choice between copper and fiber, for a very short distance like 3 feet max, is ...
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SFF-8087 cable and connector variations causing fault?

I recently bought a set of 6 cables to connect my LSI MegaRAID card to my Norco-4224 backplane. The connector on both ends is SFF-8087. However, when they arrived, the disks would not be detected. ...
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Send network signal over a very long distance of copper

I have an issue were I need to interconnect 2 switches together. We've estimated that they are 1400 meters away (cabling distance). I wanted to use a media converter to extend the signal on OS1 ...
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Cabling for SAS drives in a Dell T420 with Perc H710

After having purchased a Dell T420 with SATA drives and without RAID, and discovering this was a mistake for performance reasons, I'm obtaining a Perc H710 PCI card and SAS drives. Now I'm stuck with ...
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Cisco 2516 Console access via RJ45 port?

I have just taken delivery of a basic Cisco lab and I would like to check the routers and switches etc. are in 'working' condition before I start playing around with them. The first hurdle is ...
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Wall jacks to patch panel?

OK, I'm by no means a seasoned networking pro and I had no say so in the design of our current server room which is in dire need of an extreme makeover. Basically, in our server room we have 12 wall ...
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Cutting patch cables to length

I'm rewiring a rack, and would like to have the cabling cut to length to make things as tidy as possible. The suppliers of Cat5e/Cat6 cable I've found only really supply bulk cable in multiples of ...
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Find a UTP cable in a live network

Is there a way to find a UTP cable in a live network, without damaging the network? The problem is we have some cables laying in the server-room from god knows where. I want to find the other end of ...
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Why would cat6 connectors not work with cat5e patch cable?

I had a naff batch of cat5 connectors (the latching mechanism didn't work) so decided to order in some cat6 connectors in preparation for the inevitable upgrade. My existing reel of for making patch ...
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issue with QSFP+ to 4x SFP+ cable

I have a Gigabyte MD60-SC0 motherboard which has a QSFP+ port. I need to connect this with another machine I have which has a Intel X520-SR2 NIC (with two SFP+ ports) plugged in. I also have QSFP+ to ...
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USB having periodic connection issues over <15 foot cable run - EMI or?

I hope this is an appropriate topic for this stack exchange. I have a cable run just shy of 15 feet that connects a few monitors (3) and usb 3.0 devices (a USB 3.0 hub) to one of the servers on the ...
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New office cabling: should we use CAT7 or CAT6a? [closed]

We are going to do the cabling in our new office building and we are thinking to lay down 10Gbit cables since we use HP switches that come with 10Gbit ethernet ports. We will also lay down few fiber ...
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SFP+ twinax cable compatibility

How compatible are twinax SFP+ cables when used with different hardware vendors' equipment? E.g. are Cisco SFP+ cables fine between an Arista switch and a Solarflare card? How about an Amphenol cable ...
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Why is RJ45 DB9 console cable still used, when all the latest computer do not have serial port? [closed]

I still see quite often that RJ45 DB9 console cable is attached with some devices, when I do not even have a computer with old serial port. So I need to either get the USB - DB9 adapter or USB - ...
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Effect of heat on CAT5 Ethernet Cabling

I am wondering what the heat rating is on standard CAT5 cabling or where I can check the heat rating of my cabling by using the information inscribed on the cabling? In my specific situation, I am ...
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Mini-SAS Connector Issue

allow me to apologize in advance, because I am horribly uneducated in this realm, yet I find myself with this problem: My company hired ProMax to setup all of our networking in our office. One of the ...
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Are a RJ11 jack and a RJ45 socket physically compatible?

Can the smaller RJ11 jack be plugged into an RJ45 (technically a 8P8C) socket? I've seen the plug be plugged into the socket, but have not seen it used to transmit data.
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PVC raceway/conduit for CAT5e/CAT6/CAT6A cable

This is probably a bunch of stupid questions . The scenario is of running a few (5-6) CAT cables (version undecided, depending on costs). The scenario would be something like this :- a 3G USB modem ...
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What is the most proper way of wiring RJ45 for Cat6/LAN?

I currently know of three different wiring patterns for RJ45: T568A, T568B, and USOC. Simply put: Which is the best method for creating a Cat6 cable? From my research, it seems like I should use ...
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What's a reliable way to test patch panel connections?

I just had to run a total of 12 cat5 cables into a patch panel. This was the first time I'd actually done that. I'm reasonably confident that I got all the wires in the right order after some initial ...
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What is a DB 9 to 3.5mm quad plug cable used for?

While cleaning up the office today we ran across two odd looking cables still in bags. On one end is a female DB 9 connector and the other end is a 3.5mm plug with 4 contact points. The types of ...
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What else do I get with Cat 6 beyond future proofing my wiring?

We are about to put in the wiring in an expansion of our office building and the vendor is proposing we use Cat 6 cabling because it is "faster." Gigabit works fine over Cat 5e which is what our ...
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What am I doing wrong with this cat 6 patch panel wiring?

top number is transmitter bottom number is remote terminator 12345678 36145278 is this because I could be mixing T568A and T568B wiring? how do I know if my patch cord is A or B? Do I just look at ...
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Is it possible to detect rx+ rx- tx+ tx- wires with multimeter?

Is it possible to detect rx+ rx- tx+ tx- wires of an ethernet cable having only a part of cable with multimeter or somehow else? I mean the situation when you have just one side of the ethernet ...
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Splitting Ethernet cable [closed]

I am looking for the best way to network my small business. I have an office where my router/modem are located, and then 2 more computers in another room. I can route Ethernet to this room with about ...
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10GbE sfp+ cross over cable required? Is there such a thing?

To preface, this is my first experience with 10GbE networking and I have encountered an issue which my research does not seem to locate a solution for... I have two servers (older DL580G5 and ...
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Do Netgear switches accept other brands of SFP+ modules and cables (e. g. Cisco)?

Specifically, I'm looking to connect servers with Intel X520-DA1 10 Gigabit Ethernet cards to the 10Gbe ports of a Netgear ProSafe GS752TXS. Can I use Cisco SFP+ cables (SFP-H10GB-CU5M) and optical ...
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Using Stranded vs. Solid CAT5 in a cable tray

I'm going to be installing a switch and 40 workstations/printers in a building. All the rooms have raised floors with cable trays running in various grids and there are cable trays going between the ...
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What's a 25 core network cable

While looking for different types of network cable, I came across this term called 25-core cable. You can get numerous examples putting the term '25-core cable' in any search-engine. But till date ...
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Is crossover cable still needed? [closed]

Do I still need a crossover cable to connect two PC's directly? (NIC <-> NIC)? If not, then why was this needed in the past, and when was it used for this? Specifically, when did crossover cables ...
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Can I use a 10G optical cable for 1G communications?

On Amazon, I see MMF optical cables advertised for 10Gbe. (See example here.) I'm looking for a 50u MMF optical cable for 1Gbe. Will the 10Gbe cables also work for 1Gbe? (The cable would be used ...
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NVIDIA Tesla K20C in Dell PowerEdge R720xd — power cables

I am trying to put an NVIDIA Tesla K20C into a Dell PowerEdge R720xd. I'm having a bit of trouble understanding the power requirements of the card. First, here is a picture of two pages of the ...
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Cable management between multiple racks

I am in the planning phase of re-cabling our 5 racks in one of our offices and I would like to ask for some guidance on how you go, or would go about managing cables that goes between racks. In our ...
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Chosing the right CAT6 cable type (STP FTP UTP)

I'm doing a network rewiring project, and I'm planning on using CAT6 cable for the wiring, but I have the choice between STP, FTP or UTP cable. Some of those cables, if not most, will run close to ...
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Proper method for connecting multiple non-stackable network switches?

I deal with many clients in warehousing and industrial applications who have IT staff or local consultants. Many of these sites are still using a 10/100 Megabit switching backbone... I've managed to ...
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hybrid cable for QSFP to CX4 convertion

here is a hybrid cable for QSFP to CX4. Will this fit SFP+ ports? Deeply confused by standards and struck in a situation with wrong hardware selection!Personally have not seen the ports/hardware and ...
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What will happen if a PoE powered patch cable is plugged into a normal RJ-45 plug?

I have a couple PoE powered keystone jacks sticking out of a wall in a computer lab. We're going to remove /block the excess ones eventually, but for now I'm worried about somebody plugging a laptop ...
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UltraSPARC Serial Port and Required Cable

I have two large SPARC machines and no monitor cable that plugs into them. So I'm trying to get a serial connection to them through null modem cables. However, there doesn't appear to be such ports on ...
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Robust RJ45 for frequent connections/disconnections [closed]

I am looking for robust RJ45 cables/connectors in an environment where people come and go and plug in and out. After a month of usage, the connectors are worn out and fall out and you need to replace ...
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Identifying a CAT6 cable in a bundle

We had a contractor wire up our office with all the cables leading back to a central location. The only problem is that he didn't label anything, so we have no idea which cables go to which room. One ...
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SAN newbie: What kind of fiber cables do I need to connect to the front end ports on my EMC CX300

I have an old CX300 I'm messing with and I cant determine what kind of HBA\fiber cables I need to connect a server to the front end ports on the DPE2. The hardware reference doesn't give me any ...
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Is there a difference between RJ-45 plugs for Cat-5e and Cat-6?

While looking around for some plugs to use for running and crimping some bulk Cat-6 cable, I noticed the online sites show RJ-45 plugs for Cat-5e and separate ones for Cat-6. Is there actually any ...
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Cat 6e vs Cat 6a

From what I can understand, Cat 6e does not actually exist but a number of manufacturers are selling some cable labeled as Cat 6e. Some sources say that Cat 6e is just Cat 6a but the manufacturers ...
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Category 4 Cabling in my Cisco Network

I have discovered slow performance in various portion of my network accessing network drives and server side applications. When I logged into the switch providing access for these users I ran a show ...
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Why do ethernet cables have 8 wires?

This might seem a stupid question but why do Ethernet cables have 8 wires? Cat5 cables were just using 4 of the 8 wires, so only 4 are actualy 'needed'. Why not 12 or 16 wires?