gramaton cleric wrote:
ok i'm advising a guy whos doing some networking and he wants to connect two routers. seems basic but when he posed the question to me i was stumped. do you connect w/ a crossover cable or a straight cable? i've connected a switch to my router via a straight cable but from router to router what would you use?
Depends on the item.
I've seen some that will show 2 ports that can be used for uplink. If I recall correctly, if you have an xover cable you plug it into port 1 on each switch. If you have a Straight cable, you plug one end into the uplink on one switch and port 1 on the other. (Note: Sometimes it's the last port on the switch, rather than port 1. Check the manual if you don't know)
Example: Intel In-Business
(Page 9 according to PDF, Page 11 according to Acrobat)
I've seen some that have a button to switch between straight and xover.
Example: Netgear FR114
I've seen some that autosense if a straight or xover has been used.
Example: SMC 8505T