At a remote site I have an existing cisco switch. From this an ethernet cable runs to the other side of the factory and connects to a netgear 8 port auto uplink switch that has some devices connected to it. Due to more devices being planned to go in that area I bought a cisco 2950/24 switch to go in a new cabinet in the area. The switch is in and has been setup and configured with the TCP/IP info.
Now in order to connect it to the existing network I thought I could use the existing ethernet cable that runs to that area, however when I connect it to the new switch I get no lights or connection.
The cable isn't a crossover cable.
The cable run is a big job to run a crossover cable from the new switch to the old switch, so my question is what are my options? and what will give me the best network performance?
Can I connect the ethernet cable into a patch panel next to the new switch, then run a crossover cable from the patch panel to the new switch??