Male Ethernet to Male USB adapter?

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  1. PowerMac G4 MDD macrumors 68000

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    Not a Mac peripheral, but I found this odd cable that is possibly what I am thinking it is... So it's a cable about 6 feet long. On one end is male USB and on the other end is male ethernet. I have heard of male USB to female ethernet, but not THIS. Is this what I think it is? What, getting internet from ethernet by your computer's USB port? It seems highly unlikely... I just can't think of anything else it would do. Is it maybe for some other device besides a personal computer?
     
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    I think it is used for machines without onboard Ethernet. Plug one end in the USB port and the other into the router or wall port.
     
  3. chrfr macrumors 604

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    APC UPS's use a cable like that so that the UPS can communicate its status to a computer.
    Like this one? http://www.amazon.com/APC-AP9827-USB-cable/dp/B0002WYJSU
     
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    Yep, I think you found it. I had a couple of those too. :)
     
  5. PowerMac G4 MDD thread starter macrumors 68000

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    :eek: *smh* Stupid me; Tried plugging it into an ethernet port and it's not CAT5, it's something that looks so identical, I was sure it was... I have no idea then what it is and what it's for.
     
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  7. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    as a little FYI

    the connector is RJ-45 (the plastic part at the end)
    the cable is cat5, 5e, 6 (the long part, with the copper in it)
    the protocol is ethernet (the way the information is transmitted)


    As chrfr suggested, it's probably a APC UPS cable.
    those use a RJ50 which has 10 pins, as opposed to rj45 which has 8

    The RJ style jacks are a little more robust than the mini/micro USB that's on everything these days, plus having it lock into place is a nice feature when it's under your desk.


    or... maybe it's for plugging in your computer to ethernet if you don't have a port on your computer :p
     

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