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Do both NIC need auto sense to use non crosscable ?

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Before I tell my nefew to fidle with my dad's computer...

To use a normal cable to connect two computers, do you need BOTH computers to have an auto-sense NIC or is one enough ?


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Note that although Automatic MDI/MDI-X is generally implemented, a crossover cable would still be required in the occasional situation that neither of the connected devices has the feature implemented and enabled.

This statement from the wiki should give hope, and with our antiquated equipment I am sure I have had one with and one without.

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Eyeball, that was exactly my position when posting :D , untill I read Iamtheky's post which seems to raise the chance above 80%.

Uid0, I'm talking autosense on cable level. Unless I'm the one using the wrong words in which case someone please correct me, I think you're talking "auto-negotiation".

+I'm in a 100 vs "probably 1000" situation and I'll send instructions by mail or on the phone. That's why I can't just say "pick up a crosscable".

I will report. Thanks.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Nothing to report unfortunately. The laptop was older than I thought (no gigabit and XP). I sent him a cross cable and I had him on the phone. He managed to have Skype working but no Internet (???). Short investigation showed that his portable (adress could ping the other one (0.1) but not the opposite. We tried disabling fiewalls, same thing. He's gone to Canada now so no need to bother. Still strange. I also see there is a bug introduced by SP3, I'll check that for next time.

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