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On / Off Switch on CAT 5 cables

Posted on 2004-04-14
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Does anyone make a simple on / off switch for CAT 5 cables ?

Not a networking switch, something more like a light switch. So I can keep two networks isolated 99% of the time and just connect them up when I need to.

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by:LucF
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Hi plq,

Pretty easy in fact, you will just need a four contact switch (or an eight contact switch in case you want to go to a Gbit network some day) to just cut off the lines. It'll appear to your computer like you just pulled the plug.

Greetings,

LucF
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Luniz2k1 earned 300 total points
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I am suprised that they actually make something like this:

http://www.rogerssystems.com/store/moreinfo.cfm?Product_ID=287
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by:plq
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Can't go wrong at 9$ - but I'm in the UK, so lets see what comes up over here.

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by:marklar1
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If you want a switch why not bridge accross between two hubs... plug one hub into the other to make the connection... unplug it when you dont want a connection. No more effort than a lightswitch.
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by:wmilliga
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A better solution would be to start out with a decent LAN switch, where you could telnet in to administratively enable/disable the switchport.
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by:brandinius
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I may be thinking too simply on this one, but how about one of these?

http://www.cablesnmor.com/rj45-coupler.html
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by:haresh-nyc
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hi,
what about using a hub or switch that has a built in button for cross-over.
you could enable or disable the cross over function thereby disconnecting or connecting whenever needed by using the button.

haresh
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by:plq
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Good point haresh. Our hubs already have uplink buttons so I guess turning that off will isolate the second network.

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