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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?
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1answer
450 views

CAT5e RJ45 splitter with CAT6 network: compatibility & performance

I need to connect 2 PCs on a single RJ45 socket on the wall. The network is wired with CAT6 cables. I have seen a few RJ45 splitters that seem to do just that, but they are all for CAT5e cables. Here ...
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1answer
387 views

How do you explain ethernet cable problems to non networking people? [closed]

We've recently been doing a large network migration in our datacenter. We've had a few cables in this start to deliver really bad pings (in excess of 500ms on a LAN) before they could be replaced. ...
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How can I troubleshoot APIPA (169.254.x.x) in physical network cabling?

all: We have just started using an existing Cat5e cable to run 100Base-T to a new office, but unfortunately, machines in the new office see link but receive an APIPA address (169.254.x.x). I brought ...
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3answers
185 views

Link mode on unmanaged gigabit switches

I have two RJ45 sockets connected by an inaccessible unknown-category twisted pair cable. I plug two unmanaged gigabit switches into the sockets using Cat6 cables, and they negotiate a 100Mbps link. I ...
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6answers
1k views

Why straight-through ethernet cables?

I was explaining the difference between straight and crossover cables to my friend, and began wondering why on earth the early designers thought it was a good idea to use two different cable types? ...
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2answers
865 views

Network cabling Tips

I'm looking for some useful information about how to design network cabling for a building. I'm not so much interested in wiring standards such as 568A, but more interested in physically wiring the ...
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4answers
3k views

Fiber Optic Cable not working

Basically I am having a problem with a fiber optic cable connecting 2 switches not working, hired a professional to help fix it and in the end it is still not working. I need someone to look over ...
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6answers
6k views

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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7answers
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How to separate the display and peripherals from the actual computer?

I am trying to see if its possible to toss all the computers in the server room and just run cables out of it. The end goal is you just sit down at your desk and all you have is a display and ...