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connecting to FastEther vs. Ether

i am connecting a router to what appears to be a switch on the other side (i don't have access to the device at that remote end). on my router, i have 2 ports: Ether and FastEther. using a straight cable i can get a link when i connect it to my FastEther port. but if i connect the same cable to my Ether interface, i don't get a link light (and the sho int shows int is up, line protocol down). the interesting thing is that if i cross-over my end of the cable before plugging it into the Ether port, then it works fine. is there a command that i have to issue on the Ether port to kind of cross it at the software level? or what am i missing?

Martin

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Re: connecting to FastEther vs. Ether

Martin,

Some switches have an MD/MDX switch that will change the requirement from straight through to cross-over with the flip of this switch. Without knowing what type switch you are connecting to it's hard to say for sure. You are correct though... FastE and Ethernet should not require different cable types to connect.

Hope this helps you,

Don

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