Questions tagged [cable]

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Tips for managing storage of computer cables? [closed]

I live in a college dorm during the school year, and I have tons of cables. USB cables, printer, power, headphones, everything. And, because of my college-ness, I am often packing these cables up in ...
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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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How do you organise the cables in your racks?

I'm migrating my current half-size rack to a full-size rack and want to take the opportunity to reorganize and sort our spaghetti-hell of ethernet cables. What system do you use for organising your ...
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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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Is there a standard for running audio/video over CAT5/CAT5e UTP?

I want to use CAT5e UTP cabling to carry audio and video over distances of maybe 150 feet or so. I plan to use the CAT5e cable as follows: one wire pair for a composite video signal one wire pair ...
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Maximum length of a USB cable

Is there a maximum length that a USB cable can be? I want to know if there is an upper limit to its length before it becomes unreliable or useless. If there was also a way to get around this max ...
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Network equipment console cables

A lot of network devices has a terminal RJ-45 socket, which is usually a simple COM-port. So, to configure such a device, you have to connect RJ-45 socket to PC's (or terminal's) DB-9 COM-port. ...
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Gigabit with cat5 cable

Can a standard cat5 cable transmit at a speed of 1000 Mbit/s ? I've asked several people I know in the networking field and received different answers. I know a cat5 "works" on a Gigabit network but ...
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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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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 ...
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What is a RAID Controller's Sideband Cable used for?

I have some Adaptec SAS raid controllers and the fanout cable comes with an extra cable called a SideBand but I am curious what it does? I know it plugs into the backplane, but other than that I can'...
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What is the wiring for a patch cable?

What is the wiring order for an 10/100/n-Base-T patch cable? What about a crossover (x-over) cable?