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  1. someone

    someone Guest

    We have a Dell laptop Inspirion 1150 ~ 6 months old. Dell provided a
    warranty replacement of the NIC last week as a cat 5 cable would no longer
    make
    a consistent connection (troubleshooting to verify the problem removed
    here).

    I have been searching for a cat 5 cable perhaps 6" in length to connect the
    laptop to the network. By using the cable hopefully the wear would
    be on a disposable cable and not on the NIC of the laptop.

    Wireless is not a solution as the work location for the laptop is on a wired
    network.

    Dell suggested a $90 PCMIA solution.

    I know I could buy a crimper and make the cable myself, but I suspect the
    cable should be available to order. (but so far I have not found a
    supplier).

    Is this type of cable available? URL for a supplier appreciated.
     
  2. NSM

    NSM Guest

    | We have a Dell laptop Inspirion 1150 ~ 6 months old. Dell provided a
    | warranty replacement of the NIC last week as a cat 5 cable would no longer
    | make
    | a consistent connection (troubleshooting to verify the problem removed
    | here).
    |
    | I have been searching for a cat 5 cable perhaps 6" in length to connect
    the
    | laptop to the network. By using the cable hopefully the wear would
    | be on a disposable cable and not on the NIC of the laptop.
    |
    | Wireless is not a solution as the work location for the laptop is on a
    wired
    | network.
    |
    | Dell suggested a $90 PCMIA solution.
    |
    | I know I could buy a crimper and make the cable myself, but I suspect the
    | cable should be available to order. (but so far I have not found a
    | supplier).
    |
    | Is this type of cable available? URL for a supplier appreciated.

    Many small dealers can make up whatever you want. Make sure the whole cable
    is at least 6 feet long overall, as this is minimum for the network to work
    AFAIK: "There is a minimum length defined only for 100BaseT Ethernet
    networks (which is 2.5 meters)".

    N
     
  3. CJT

    CJT Guest

    FWIW, I've bought short cables like that at Altex.

    I deal with them locally, but they have a web site -- www.altex.com
     
  4. BOB URZ

    BOB URZ Guest

    Try a usb external NIC. Then the only wear point is the USB jack.

    Bob
     
  5. Hi!

    Cables Unlimited carries these very short cables. I use them to connect
    switches to one another.

    Their website is at http://www.cablesun.com/, but if memory serves you need
    to find someone who deals in their products.

    William
     
  6. someone

    someone Guest

    They have the cable we require. Thank you.
     
  7. John Keiser

    John Keiser Guest

  8. Interesting.... Since most xDSL modem/router/switch/hub kits come with
    at least one chintzy 2-footer, in my experience. And, even at 100MBS,
    they seem to work "OK" -- for most definitions of "OK".

    Interesting.
    Dinna kno dat.

    Jonesy
     
  9. NSM

    NSM Guest

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