Can anyone help me with this dilemma? First off, I'm not IT or networking or anything like that. I'm a soldier in the US Army that has been tasked with setting up and maintaining our detachment's network. What I'm trying to do is this: Network 15 towers together with one switch using windows workgroup (that's done, no problem) The problem I'm experiencing is using a second switch to connect 6 HP plotters together, then connect the two switches together. This is the was my superiors want it to work, so this is the way I have to do it. Unless anyone can give me a stellar reason why it shouldn't be done that way, that is. Do I need to use a crossover cable to connect the two switches together? Any help or links to a webpage that has these answers would be GREATLY appreciated.
Yes traditionally speaking you require a cross over cable when interconnecting switches but new switches have a feature called auto MDIX which takes care of this automatically and hence it is not mandatory to use cross cables
In addition to the prior posts, some (older) switches have a port that can be a normal or uplink port. Usually there's some way to change that port's configuration, usually a button or some such.
If you do have a switch with an uplink port, using a normal patch cable, you connect it to a normal port. (Effectively the uplink port is crossing the pins - what a crossover cable does for you between normal ports.)
I know it's not what yo may want to hear but if you are in a normal CONUS base you ought to have a DOIM taking care of the networking or if you are deployed, the unit you are attached to should have people who would be in a better position to network you. Also you can run into a lot of problems when you start reading up requirements based on AR25-2.
As for the crossover, yes it would be best to connect switches together via a crossover. Don't string the cat 5 cable too far(over 100meters) or you will run into issues with that link.
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