Posted on 2003-03-30
I would be grateful for any help on this matter before I go insane (if I'm not already!)
I'm trying to connect 3 PCs using a switch and I had the great idea of making my own cable! I'm using Cat5 UTP cable and one of computers I'm trying to network is downstairs so the cables probably about 30 metres long. My problem is that I just can't get this 30 metre cable to work, I try to ping and I get the dreaded 'request time out'. The cable doesn't work not matter which computers I connect it to and I have 2 shorter cables that do work!?! The cable runs up the stairs so it doesn't go outside, I've checked that the strands are in the same order each end, I've tried changing the RJ45's each end, I've even tried cutting some more cable and starting over again and I just can't get it to even ping!
Does anybody know where I'm going wrong? I suspect it is the cable but I just don't know what I've done wrong! I've made network cable up before and never come accross this kind of problem, although not for a while and maybe I'm forgetting something really stupid!