I made a network cable -- Cat5e -- to connect to a new Compaq Presario laptop on my home network. I have a 4 port linksys router that has two pcs already connected and working fine over a broadband connection.
The laptop has a Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC. When I use the cable I made to connect between laptop and router port, the connection status says "connected at 100.0 Mbps" but I can't access the Internet.
I tried a different cable (a cat6 I bought from store) and it worked. I also tried a cat5 cable from work where we have a LAN and it didn't work on the laptop either but it did work on my other two tower computers when I tested it (HP EN1207D-TX PCI 10/100 NIC and 3COM Etherlink XL 10/100 PCI NIC). The one I made doesn't work on any of the computers or the laptop at home.
The Cat5e cable I made worked on a computer at work when I connected to the network jack (we have a TI). It also worked on the laptop (using same cable I made) while at work but just not a home.
XP Home on laptop
XP Professional on one PC at home
Windows 2000 Pro. on second PC at home
Why does connection status say "connected" but I get no Internet access when using two cables I tested on the laptop at home (the one I made and one from work)?
Why does the cable I made work on the network on my job but not at home?