Crossover cables may look identical to a normal straight-through patch cable; however, they aren’t wired the same and are used for different applications. Crossover cables are used when you need to connect two of the same devices together when there isn’t a router or a switch in between.
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As we mentioned before the wiring structure of these cables is different to a standard patch cable. Although both cables are terminated with RJ45 connectors at either end a crossed cable has the first and third wires crossed and the second and sixth crossed.
There are two wiring standards used for ethernet cables as recognised by TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association) and EIA (Electronics Industries Alliance). They are T-568A standard and T-658B standard. A straight-through cable can be wired with T-568A at both ends or T-658B at both ends. A crossed cable will have one end wired as T-568A and the other end wired as T-658B.
Crossover Ethernet cables would be used when connecting two of the same devices together, such as
Connecting a PC to a PC
Connecting a switch to a switch
Connecting a hub to a hub