|It turns out that I actually had a crossover cable lying around after all, and I didn't even know about it. I tested it by plugging one end into the switch, and the other end into the hub, and it worked great! It's limited to 10 megabits per second, instead of the usual 100, but it still works fine considering that I only use the LAN for network gaming, and the occaisonal file transfer. Thanx for all the help! :D |
Actually, that might be just a regular network cable, not a crossover. You can tell by comparing the ends and the wires in them. If they're wired exactly the same (with regard to the color scheme of the wires) then it's a regular patch cable.
Most (if not all) modern switches are capable of auto MDIX. Which is to say, they sense what type of cable you have and automatically adjust for it.
I've been doing this for a long time and old habits die hard. Prior to auto MDIX, you always connected all like devices with a crossover (ie: switch to switch, PC to PC etc). I continue to do it this way because should an issue arise, then I have one less thing to troubleshoot.