On Tue, 31 Oct 2000, Darren Garside wrote:
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I'm planning to have a server connected to an 8 port switch (In a room
to themselves). Each cable from the switch goes to a classroom where
there is a hub. The cables then run from the hub to wall-mounted CAT-5
sockets. Cable runs from the CAT5 sockets to the PC. I'm confused
about which of these links requirs standard cat5 UTP wiring and which
require cross-over configured cable. I suspect that as the hubs have
uplink buttons I only require cross-over cable for the final 2m run from
wall-mounted socket to PC. Am I on the right lines or is there a far
This sound fine in general. I would recommend you to stick to Cat 5
cabling with 100M hubs and switch if you can. There isn't that much
difference in price now and you will need the bandwidth eventually.
In general the patch leads should be normal straight-thru ones. Cross-over
cables are only used to link hub-hub or hub-switch (if you don't use an
uplink port) - or PC-PC in a minimal, hubless, scenario.
The only other question is whether an 8-port switch is enoughHow many
classrooms/hubs will you have; you could do with a few spare ports for
Just my thoughts, I hope you find this useful.
Giles Nunn - Network Manager
Carms Schools ICT Development Centre
Tel: +44 01239 710662 Fax: 710985