Why IS my network working?
Posted on 2006-11-07
Lengthy description here.....
I pulled Cat 5e UTP into 2 rooms in my basement. We finished it a little later and I just now got around to moving my existing system to my new office/shop.
I have Hughes Sat. Internet. The "modem" for the system is basically a firmware controlled computer (DW7000 for those that want to see the specs). The network on the system is more like a shared internet connection then an actual network. From the modem I go into a netgear 5 port switch. Out of the switch into a netgear WAP, my office and my shop.
Initially I terminated the cable ends at the switch to the "A" standard and in the rooms to the "A" standard as well. This configuration did not work. I should note that in this system there are no crossover cables, as they weren't needed when this setup was in my living room (read: without the 60' in wall patch cables). I tried a crossover cable in various positions with no positive results, cable isn't even being recognized as being plugged in.
Upon a screw up, I put the plug on backwards, that is to say "B" standard with the exposed bars facing down. I decided to try this and wired my plug to the other end to the"A" standard. It works.....it works well,"100Mbps" well.
Half of me says " You won, walk away" but the geek in me needs to know why.