whats the difference between patch cable and crossover cable? or are they both just ethernet cables?

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    a patch cable is created using either the EIA/TIA 568 A or B standard at both terminations. a crossover cable is created by terminating one end with the EIA/TIA 568 A standard and the other end with the EIA/TIA 568 B standard. A crossover cable is used to connect two like devices, such as switch to switch, pc to pc, etc... A patch cable (or straight-through) is used for connecting two unlike devices, such as pc to switch, switch to router, etc... although, due to MDIX, some components are not dependent upon using either X-over or Straight-through cables because they can dynamically use either type of media.

    Crossover and Straight-through are not the only cable types either. There are a few more such as Rollover, and a different configuration for GigEthernet

  • Don M
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    They are basic Cat 5 or Cat 6 cable

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