How to Make a Crossover Cable
By IndyColtsFan84, PS3news.com Member
If you have a LAN/Ethernet straight cable (CAT5) and you need a Crossover cable then follow these steps to make one.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
LAN/Ethernet Cable (CAT5)
Electrical Tape (or wire nuts)
Something to strip wires with (wire strippers, Exacto knife, etc.)
1. Cut the LAN/Ethernet Cable into two pieces. I suggest cutting it right down the middle of the cable.
2. Cut the casing of each cut end to expose all of the wires about 1 1/2 to 2 inches
3. Strip all the wires about 3/4 to 1 inch
4. Connect the wires as stated below:
Striped Orange TO THE Striped Green
Orange TO THE Green
Striped Green TO THE Striped Orange
Blue To THE Striped Brown
Striped Blue TO THE Brown
Green TO THE Orange
Striped Brown TO THE Blue
Brown TO THE Striped Blue
5. Cut nine pieces of electrical tape about an inch and a half long and wrap 1 piece around each connection and then 1 around all the taped connections !OR! use eight wire nuts to connect the paired wires.
Yes Nice one, its good to get these tips out there for newbies, I also did this when I was stuck to connect 2 devices years ago, nearest shop with PC cables is 20 miles away so had to improvise!
But also worth mentioning that any reasonably new device especially if it has gigabit ethernet (PS3/Newer PC etc) has auto cable sensing these days and its not such a problem anymore unless working with an old PC.
P.S - I have a short 20CM crossover cable and an ethernet coupler, I just connect this to the end of any standard CAT cable and it converts it to crossover!
If your PC has gigabit ethernet then there is about 99.9% chance you won't need a crossover cable, if you have an older 100m/bit card you will need to check the specs as its not so common, some brands name it different but it will usually be called either-- Auto uplink and trade, Universal Cable Recognition, Auto cable Sensing or something similar.