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Effect of reversing a pair, in cat5 cabling (e.g. swapping stripe and solid)

Is there any practical effect of reversing solid and stripe, when wiring cat5 cables? But if I've got a cable where each pair is a pair but one end is flipped, will this make any practical difference ...
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Sanity Check: Is my CAT5e cable probably bad, or do I just need different connectors?

I'm working with a small company, and since I'm the only one with even a half-ounce of network infrastructure experience I've got the job of wiring up our network. So please forgive my newbie-ness. ...
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How to test/debug bad network wiring?

I recently bought a place already wired with Cat 5E (8 ports, leading to a central closet). However attempting to get link, nothing works. On closer examination, it was obvious that the ends in the ...
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How to test cat5/cat6 cable runs, using software-only, or simple tools?

Are there any utilities or simple tools or techniques to easily test a CAT5 cable, to see how well was it installed? Cat5 is often installed by amateurs, but has been installed and "working" for ...
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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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Why both T568A and T568B standards?

I've always wondered why there are the two different wiring standards for Cat5 UTP cabling. The only technical difference between the two is the green and orange pair are swapped, which accomplishes ...
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long distance cat5 run

I need to run a cat5 cable 400'. I know this is just a little over the 325' that the 'standard' says cat5 can do, and will probably work. But we'd like to make sure this isn't a weak link in the ...
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How Many Wires Are in an Ethernet Cord?

Bought a spool of wire for networking. Ran it a long distance and thought we could hook up the wires to a plug at the end (not sure how to describe this). However the spool of cord/wire we bought is ...