Which type of Category 5 unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cable is used to work as a trunk between two switches?

Last Updated on August 7, 2021 by Admin 3

Which type of Category 5 unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cable is used to work as a trunk between two switches?

  • RJ-45 straight-through
  • RJ-41 crossover
  • RJ-11 straight-through
  • RJ-45 crossover
An RJ-45 crossover cable connects two switches. To act as a trunk a trunking protocol such as ISL or 802.1q must be configured on the link. . A trunk is a connection between two switches that is used to carry traffic from multiple VLANs.

In general, the rule to follow when choosing between a straight-through and a crossover cable is:
– When connecting like devices (i.e. router to router, switch to switch), use a crossover cable.
– When connecting dissimilar devices (i.e. switch to router), use a straight-through cable.

The one exception to this rule is when connecting a computer NIC to a router, in which case a crossover cable is used. Be aware, however, that many devices, including network cards in computers, now have the ability to sense automatically when they are connected to a like device and adapt to the connection, making crossover cables unnecessary in those situations.

You should not choose an RJ-45 straight-through cable. The cable type to be used depends on the circuit connection of the hardware. To connect two switches, a crossover cable is required. The difference between a straight-through cable and a crossover cable lies in the location of the wire termination on the two ends of an RJ-45 cable. If the UTP cable wire connects Pin 1 of one side to Pin 1 of other side and Pin 2 to 2 through all eight pins of the RJ 45 connector, the cable is said to be straight-through. On the other hand, if Pin 1 of one side of an RJ-45 cable connects to Pin 3 of the other end, and Pin 2 connects to Pin 6 of the other end, it is known as a crossover cable. A straight-through cable is used to connect a computer’s network interface card (NIC) to a hub or switch.

You should not choose an RJ-41 crossover cable. RJ-41 is a single-line universal data jack normally associated with fixed-loss loop (FLL) or programmed (P) modems. It is not used between switches.

You should not choose an RJ-11 straight-through cable type. RJ-11 UTP cables have four pins and are used to connect voice instruments. RJ-11 UTP cables are not intended for connecting computers and transferring data. They are commonly used for telephones and modems.

Note: Cisco switches have an auto-mdix feature that notices when the wrong cabling pinouts are used, and readjusts the switch’s logic so that the cable will work.

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