What's the difference between CAT 5e patch cable and CAT 5e crossover cable?

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  Question: What's the difference between CAT 5e patch cable and CAT 5e crossover cable?

Answer: The difference has to do with the wiring of the cable and the situation in which you will use the cable.

On a CAT 5e patch cable, the wiring configuration is identical on both ends of the cable.

On a CAT 5e crossover cable, the wiring of pins 1, 2, 3, and 6 are "crossed-over" to pins 3, 6, 1, and 2.

CAT 5e crossover cables are used in situations where two devices have the same interface, for example, connecting a hub to a hub, or a switch to a switch, or even when patching a hub or switch into a wall plate.

The most common use is to connect two PCs directly to each other, without the use of any kind of router, hub, or switch. This is called a peer-to-peer network, and is a low-cost solution to allow file and Internet sharing between two computers.

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