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Best way to crimp CAT-5e cable? Answered

 (okay I am now having to retype this out as this stupid editor isn't working properly)

I currently work at a dairy (or convenience/general store for you Americans out there) and I have been assigned the awesome job of phasing out the cash register with a fully fledged touch screen point-of sale system.

This is how it goes: There is a computer 'out back' that controls the stock levels, reports and so on, and there is the touch screen system 'out front' that handles the transactions. 

These two computers need to have a constant connection between each other. We were going to use Wi-Fi but we found that it's too unreliable and not very secure. SO we are using plain old Ethernet cable. 

Now the problem: we have no router or switch so do I need to crimp the cable as a patch or crossover cable? And if someone could point me in the right direction to do this, that would be much appreciated (as everything I've looked at tells me something different every time).


(P.S I know CAT-6 is faster and more reliable, but I'm just using what my boss ordered)


To answer your question, "with a crimper."  *rimshot*

You need a crossover cable to connect two computers back to back. Wire up one end of the plug connection 1 and the other connection 2, you should be able to pick one of the three configurations to see what works. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethernet_crossover_cable

If windows pcs, you should configure a workgroup network and set up an internal ip network. 192.168.1.x. so the 2 computers recognize each other. Lots of stuff on how to set up an internal network or setting up the ip addresses.  Good luck.

.  If the OP is wanting to know about the mechanics of how to makeup an Ethernet connector, then "with a crimper" is the correct answer.
.  And don't get a cheap one. You don't have to buy the most expensive one, but aim for the middle at least. It will be well worth it in the long run. Cheap crimpers make crummy connections that can be a royal pain-in-the-butt to troubleshoot.

So why does your anchor text have a Russian country-code suffix?  Are you offering mail order brides on the side with your Ethernet cables?

.  Heehee Either they have changed the DN of the site or I accidentally clicked on an off-site link. There really is a http://pinouts.ru/ (and it's a great site).