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I am setting up a home lab and I want to test Frame Relay.  I'm wondering if there is a way to connect an NM 4 A/S module to a WIC-1DSU-T1 module.  Can anyone tell me if this is possible and what cable I would need if it is?
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Unfortunately the "cable" is a cisco serial to x.35 Manchester, a csu/dsu and a crossover 4 wire rj45. (pin 1 to pin 4, pin 2 to pin 5).

If you have a serial wic you can use a cisco crossover cable, 1 of which i will send you for the cost of postage :-) .
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I recommend dynamips/dynagen for home lab duties in any case.
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Figured as much... OK so what about this:  NM 4T module to a WIC-1T module?

And yes, I'm using the latest version of gns3, which is awsome.  But it's hard to beat phyisically playing with stuff.
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I would have to check, but I think they would work with th afforementioned tW crossover.
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These are the pages I'm reading now.  It looks possible, but it does take a special cable (non-rj45 ends).  I'm just not sure which ones.  Can you make sense of it?

WIC-1T == http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/modules/ps3129/products_tech_note09186a00800b0859.shtml
NM-4T == http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/routers/ps274/products_tech_note09186a00800a93f3.shtml
60-pin "5-in-1" == http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/routers/access/2500/software/user/guide/cables.html
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So I lied. This requires the 60 pin dce-dte crossover cable. Cisco used to sell them for $100 but some guy used to sell them for much less. Ill search in a bit.
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Wow, much cheaper now than when these were the only cisco lab option.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=105&cp_id=10206

The cisco 60 pin< although very annoying, is kind of cool in how it tells the interface that it is connected dte or dce. Easy enough when you have 60 pins to work with I guess.
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Very thorough and quick.
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