I've recently made a crossover cable(30m) to connect between 2 laptops. I can't get it to work.
I have an IBM thinkpad, and my friend has a toshiba something or other. As far as I can see both NIC's are installed correctly with file and print sharing enabled etc.
Here is the strange part, I brought the cable into work to test it, I connected a desktop PC to one of the workers laptops and got a FULLY functional connection, with pinging and file transfer successful. So now I thought one of the NIC's in one of the laptops was faulty. I brought my laptop into work and low and behold I can't get a connection between my laptop and my desktop PC.
However, I connected the patch cable from the office into my laptop NIC and all of a sudden I have fully functional network access.
So here is the overview.
- Crossover between myself and my friends laptops (FAILURE)
- Crossover between computer desktop and work laptop (SUCCESS)
- Crossover between computer desktop and my laptop (FAILURE)
- Patch cable from work network into my laptop (SUCCESS)
What the hell is going on ?
My thinkpad is a 1999. Is there a possibility that my workmates new laptop is able to detect a bad crossover cable wiring and re-transmit the signals on different pairs to get a successful network connection ? Confused,