cross over vs straightthrough with time capsule?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by wackymacky, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W

    Simple question really. In a simple home network does it matter what cables I use to

    1.) connect a mid 2008 iMac to a Time Capsule (LAN), and

    2.) connect time capsule in bridge mode (WAN port) to router/DSL modem.

    I presume both the TC and iMac are Auto-MDIX?

    And will Cat 5e vs. Cat 6 cable make any noticeable difference for internet speed, i.e when time-machine is backing up over the network while on line?

  2. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    According to:

    You do not need a crossover cable. Usually, the only time you need a crossover cable is when connecting end-device to end-device (i.e. computer to computer) or connecting two switches/hubs together. Of course, with the advent of Auto-MDIX you can get away with either cable if your device supports it.

    Also, you won't notice any performance improvement by going to CAT 6.

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