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Selecting an Ethernet Cable

Updated on November 12, 2014

Select an Ethernet Cable

To get the maximum data transfer rates for the cheapest price, you need to use the Cat5 cable. Cat5e cable can be used but is not necessary for 1000 Mbps. Cat6 cable is designed for 10 Gigabit Ethernet and other high-end applications.

Complete the following steps:

  1. On the Bench, switch to the back view of the computer.
  2. On the Shelf, expand the Cables category.
  3. Read the descriptions for each cable and select the Cat5 cable.
  4. In the Selected Component window, drag a connector to the Ethernet port on the back of the computer.
  5. In the Selected Component window, drag the other connector to the Ethernet port on the wall outlets.
  6. To verify the connection to the network, click the Windows icon on the monitor.
  7. Click the networking icon in the Task Bar and select Open Network and Sharing Center. The diagram should indicate an active connection to the network and the Internet.
  8. To verify the connection speed, click the Local Area Connection link. The connection speed should indicate 1.0 Gbps.

Connect Network Devices

To meet the requirements, you will need to select a 1000BaseTX switch that supports Auto-MDIX:

  • 1000BaseTX supports the requisite Gigabit data transfer rate.
  • An Auto-MDI/MDIX device senses the cable type connected to itself and other networking devices; Auto-MDI/MDIX devices perform crossing when appropriate.

Complete the following steps:

  1. On the Shelf, expand the Networking Devices category.
  2. Read the device descriptions to identify the switch. Drag the 1000BaseTX switch with Auto-MDIX to the Support Office Bench.
  3. Switch to the back view of the switch.
  4. On the Shelf, expand the Cables category.
  5. To plug in the switch, select the power adapter on the Shelf.
  6. In the Selected Component window, drag the DC power connector to the port on the switch.
  7. In the Selected Component window, drag the AC adapter end to an empty outlet on the wall or surge protector.
  8. To connect the workstation to the switch, select the Cat5e cable connected to the wall plate, and drag the connector to any of the Ethernet ports on the switch.
  9. To connect the switch to the wall plate, select the Cat5e cable on the Shelf.
  10. In the Selected Component window, drag a connector to the Ethernet port on the wall plate.
  11. In the Selected Component window, drag a connector to any Ethernet port on the switch.
  12. To connect the media converter to the switch, select the Cat5e cable on the Shelf.
  13. In the Selected Component window, drag a connector to the Ethernet port on media converter.
  14. In the Selected Component window, drag a connector to any Ethernet port on the switch.
  15. To confirm that Support is properly connected to the corporate network and Internet, click the Windows icon on the monitor's screen.
  16. Click the networking icon in the Task Bar and select Open Network and Sharing Center. The diagram should indicate an active connection to the network and the Internet.

Connecting More Network Devices

Connect devices as follows:

  • Connect the existing Ethernet switch in the rack to the DSL router's integrated Ethernet switch using a crossover Ethernet cable.
  • Connect the failed router's console port to the server in the rack using a rollover cable.
  • Connect the DSL router to the wall plate (demarc) using a phone cable.

Complete the following steps:

  1. To connect the existing Ethernet switch in the rack to the DSL router's integrated Ethernet switch, switch to the back view of the rack.
  2. On the Shelf, expand the Cables category.
  3. Select each cable. In the Selected Component window, examine the connector ends for each cable. A crossover cable uses a different wiring order on each end. Look for a cable with the following ends:
  1. In the Selected Component window, drag one end of the cable to any port on the DSL router's integrated Ethernet switch.
  2. In the Selected Component window, drag the other end of the cable to any enabled port on the existing Ethernet switch.
  3. On the Shelf, examine the connector ends for the remaining cables to find a rollover cable. A rollover cable has an RJ-45 jack on one end and a serial connector on the other end:
  1. In the Selected Component window, drag the RJ-45 connector on the cable to the failed router's console port. If necessary, use the Zoom feature to identify the router port labeled Console (outlined in blue).
  2. In the Selected Component window, drag the other end of the cable to a serial port on the back of the server.
  1. Connect the DSL router to the wall plate (demarc), drag and disconnect the phone cable in the wall plate's port.
  2. On the Shelf, examine the connector ends for the remaining cables to find a phone cable. A phone cable has RJ-11 connectors, which are square shaped and have a total of 4 wires:
  3. In the Selected Component window, drag one end of the cable to the phone port on the DSL router.
  4. In the Selected Component window, drag the other connector to the phone port (demarc) on the wall outlet.
  5. To verify the new connection to the Internet, click the Windows icon on the monitor in the Networking Closet.
  6. Click the networking icon in the Task Bar and select Open Network and Sharing Center. The diagram should indicate an active connection to the local network and the Internet.

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