Solved

On / Off Switch on CAT 5 cables

Posted on 2004-04-14
9
1,684 Views
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
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.

thanks
0
Comment
Question by:plq
9 Comments
 
LVL 32

Assisted Solution

by:Luc Franken
Luc Franken earned 100 total points
ID: 10825132
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
0
 
LVL 5

Accepted Solution

by:
Luniz2k1 earned 300 total points
ID: 10825162
I am suprised that they actually make something like this:

http://www.rogerssystems.com/store/moreinfo.cfm?Product_ID=287
0
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:Luniz2k1
ID: 10825181
0
 
LVL 8

Author Comment

by:plq
ID: 10825250
Can't go wrong at 9$ - but I'm in the UK, so lets see what comes up over here.

thanks
0
PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:marklar1
ID: 10825365
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.
0
 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:wmilliga
ID: 10827898


A better solution would be to start out with a decent LAN switch, where you could telnet in to administratively enable/disable the switchport.
0
 
LVL 3

Expert Comment

by:brandinius
ID: 10828765
I may be thinking too simply on this one, but how about one of these?

http://www.cablesnmor.com/rj45-coupler.html
0
 
LVL 3

Assisted Solution

by:haresh-nyc
haresh-nyc earned 100 total points
ID: 10829190
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
0
 
LVL 8

Author Comment

by:plq
ID: 10830345
Good point haresh. Our hubs already have uplink buttons so I guess turning that off will isolate the second network.

Best 500 points I ever spent !!!
0

Featured Post

Netscaler Common Configuration How To guides

If you use NetScaler you will want to see these guides. The NetScaler How To Guides show administrators how to get NetScaler up and configured by providing instructions for common scenarios and some not so common ones.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Don’t let your business fall victim to the coming apocalypse – use our Survival Guide for the Fax Apocalypse to identify the risks and signs of zombie fax activities at your business.
Most of the applications these days are on Cloud. Cloud is ubiquitous with many service providers in the market. Since it has many benefits such as cost reduction, software updates, remote access, disaster recovery and much more.
Here's a very brief overview of the methods PRTG Network Monitor (https://www.paessler.com/prtg) offers for monitoring bandwidth, to help you decide which methods you´d like to investigate in more detail.  The methods are covered in more detail in o…
In this tutorial you'll learn about bandwidth monitoring with flows and packet sniffing with our network monitoring solution PRTG Network Monitor (https://www.paessler.com/prtg). If you're interested in additional methods for monitoring bandwidt…

867 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

18 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now