Probably a dumb question, but would like to have confirmation from someone.
Scenario: SUSE 9.3 home server with a D-Link gbit NIC, apartment cabled with CAT6, Edimax gbit switch.
The SUSE box is connected to the gbit switch, but not directly. Actually it's connected to a wall plug, which goes to a central "switch cabinet", continues from there to the living room's wall plug which leads to the switch. The switch cabinet has no hardware, so the link between the server and the switch consists of 5 separate CAT6 cables connected by plugs/sockets.
The problem is the server is only able to negotiate 10Mbit full duplex, if I try to force anything higher with ethtool the result is no link. I assume this is because of the retarded cabling? I've tried replacing cables, made sure theyre all operational etc, but can't get anything over 10Mbit out of it. Any ideas what else I could try, the ethtool tests don't seem to be supported by the NIC.
Second part of the question is what kind of switch can be placed inside the "switch cabinet" on my wall? It's a roughly 15" x 15" hole in the wall, maybe 5" deep. Theres a power socket in there, but absolutely no ventilation. The edimax switch I have is one of those cheap plastic desktop switches with an external power supply (http://www.edimax.com.tw/html/english/products/ES-5x00P.htm
), it states 10-55'C as its operating temperature. Is it safe to place in a non-ventilated cabinet or will it overheat?