What Is a Crossover Cable Network?

This section provides a quick description of what is a crossover cable and crossover cable network.

A crossover cable network is a computer network with two computers connected with a crossover cable. If you have two computers at home, and want to share files, programs, and printers, the crossover cable network is the easiest and cheapest solution for you.

Requirements:

Most of today's home computers is coming with network card installed. No need to purchase network cards separately. But you need to purchase a crossover network cable separately. You can find it in most of the computer stores.

A crossover network cable is different than the normal straight network cable. It has two pair of lines crossed over from one end to the other end. The following two diagrams show you the differences.

A normal straight network cable has 8 positions at both ends. There are 8 lines connecting to both ends to exactly the same positions:

   End A                        End B        Note
   Position 1 <---------------> Position 1
   Position 2 <---------------> Position 2
   Position 3 <---------------> Position 3
   Position 4 <---------------> Position 4   Not used
   Position 5 <---------------> Position 5   Not used
   Position 6 <---------------> Position 6
   Position 7 <---------------> Position 7   Not used
   Position 8 <---------------> Position 8   Not used

A crossover network cable has 8 positions at both ends, same as the normal straight cable. But there are 2 pairs of lines crossed over. The first crossed pair of lines connects position 1 from one end to position 3 on the other end. The second crossed pair of lines connects position 2 from one end to position 5 on the other end:

   End A                        End B        Note
   Position 1 <------   ------> Position 1
                     \ /   
   Position 2 <--     X     --> Position 2
                 \   / \   /
   Position 3 <---\--   --/---> Position 3
                   \     /
   Position 4 <-----\---/-----> Position 4   Not used
                     \ /   
   Position 5 <-------X-------> Position 5   Not used
                     / \
   Position 6 <------   ------> Position 6

   Position 7 <---------------> Position 7   Not used

   Position 8 <---------------> Position 8   Not used

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction to Microsoft Windows

 Introduction to Windows Explorer

 Introduction to Internet Explorer

 "Paint" Program and Computer Graphics

 GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program

 JPEG Image File Format Quality and Size

 GIF Image File Format and Transparent Background

 "WinZip" - ZIP File Compression Tool

 "WinRAR" - RAR and ZIP File Compression Tool

 FTP Server, Client and Commands

 "FileZilla" - Free FTP Client and Server

 Web Server Log Files and Analysis Tool - "Analog"

 Spyware Adware Detection and Removal

 IE Addon Program Listing and Removal

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

Setting Up and Using Crossover Cable Network

What Is a Crossover Cable Network?

 Configuring Crossover Cable Network

 Using FTP Server to Transfer Files

 Assigning Host Names on a Network

 Sharing Files with Windows Explorer

 Home Network Gateway - DSL Modem/Wireless Router

 Windows Task Manager - The System Performance Tool

 "tasklist" Command Line Tool to List Process Information

 "msconfig" - System Configuration Tool

 Configuring and Managing System Services

 Windows Registry Key and Value Management Tools

 Startup Programs Removal for Better System Performance

 Winsock - Windows Sockets API

 Java on Windows

 Glossary of Terms

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 PDF Printing Version