4 Clever Ethernet Cable Hacks

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Even though wireless technology is making ethernet cables obsolete, let’s take a look at some ways to breathe new life into these technological wonders.

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34 Comments on 4 Clever Ethernet Cable Hacks

  1. 1 – Cross Over Cable – Not a hack
    2 – Used in business – I wouldn't consider this a hack
    3 – Max USB cable length is about 5 metres – I wouldn't do this
    4 – POE – Not a hack
    Basically, if you can buy a device to do something, its not a hack

  2. The use of only 4 wires stopped at 100baseT connections and now gigabit uses all 8. 100baseT is roughly 12.5Mbps, slower than most usb 2.0 throughput. Speaking of Usb, it has a maximum limit of 15 feet, no matter how long you connect cabling it won't be usable over 15ft with any reliability so that hack us kinda useless. Running 2 lines over the single cable wasn't meant to attach multiple networks to a computer but to add splitters at both ends reducing the number of cable runs you had to do in the office and both connections would be 100baseT. Running any power over the ethernet cable is risky at the least and the EMI (electrical magnetic interference) would degrade the signal to an almost useless level. In a world where gigabit (1000baseT) is the norm none of these hacks really make any sense. Lastly fiber won't be making it to desktops any time soon due to the cost of hardware and the fragility of the lines when compared to copper networking cable. Also did you know there's 10GbaseT? It's still in its infancy but copper is here to stay, even with a world of wireless, a wired connection will always prove to be faster and more reliable.
    -Your friendly neighborhood IT man

  3. Ethernet cables being obsolete? How? In any large data center, using WiFi is not worth the pain. Play an online game that needs a decent internet speed. You may find yourself disconnecting more due to a dropped signal then the servers being bad. You need to transfer terabytes of data constantly and any slowdowns could cost thousands if not millions of dollars lost, and you use WiFi? Doubt your business would last very long. People assume it's obsolete because it's old. Just because something has been here for a while does not immediately make it obsolete.

  4. i like your little sign off phrase there… "hack to learn, don't learn to hack" That and your interesting video presentation style may have just earned you a new subscriber!

  5. ethernet cables are far from obsolete – crossover cables however are.
    Even the lowest end modern chipsets will have auto-negotiating capabilities and will work with a normal ethernet cable instead (and only one of the devices needs it, so if you're connecting a credit card reader to a laptop it'll just magically work because the laptop will negotiate the correct mode all by itself!)

  6. For me the ethernet cable is obsolete in my house for daily use. So I do have about 15 fly leads lying around.
    I also like the fact that he explained hacks, which for me as a normal user explains how the cable works.
    For you super savy, network adminstrating, data centre controlling guys, I do agree that this video might seem silly and useless, but I am sure it's not aimed at you.
    So well done dude. I enjoyed the video, and learned a few things.

  7. You don't need to cross your cables since about 10 years ago when the ethernet cards started being able to do it by themselves. I also think the Macs were really in advance compared to pc for that.

  8. Wired Ethernet is up to 10Gbps now. WiFi is, at best, (802.11ac in an RF-quiet environment) 3 Gbps. Wired Ethernet is autonegotiating, and has been since the beginning of 1000base-TX (gigabit) unless you're using old and shitty equipment. Wired Ethernet has a maximum distance of 100m for gigabit speed and 200m for 100 megabit. WiFi (802.11ac) has a maximum (outdoor, RF-quiet environment) range of 125m. WiFi is not a replacement for Ethernet. WiFi is useful for cell phones and for lazy or contractually-unable-to-modify-your-home laptop users. Wired ether is better for 99 and 44/100 percent of the use cases for moving data. Far from obsolete, Ethernet is here to stay until fiber optic replaces it. USB is limited to 10 meters at best: USB over IP: You're doing it wrong.

  9. I really and truly hope that nobody actually listens to what this video has to say. Running two ethernet links over a single cable is an awful idea, aside from the fact that every modern computer and router is gigabit-ethernet capable – meaning all 8 conductors are being used. Additionally, his "standard ethernet pin-out" is 568A – which is completely obsolete. 568B is the industry accepted pinout. Furthermore, if you want to run electricity over an ethernet cable, get PoE (power over ethernet) capable equipment that is designed to operate in this way – don't just plug DC power into your ethernet cable.

  10. holy fuck that mario "bling" sound when something appears on the screen kept me from watching no more than 50 seconds. suddenly i could give a fuck about clever cable hacks….

  11. one of the reasons this video got so many dislikes is undoubtly because all those annoying Mario coin ping sound effects that where repetitive and unnecessary. its almost seems like a parody

  12. crossover câbles are outdated since more than 10y. tip 1 is useless.

    usb data shall be put on the same pair. your video is showing one data per free pair what is very bad for signal. untwisted data may let the signal die after 3m. with correctly twisted pairs, usb data can run easily 25m without repeater (480Mb). I have also used Ethernet cat5 to extend FireWire up to 22m.

    You should indicate on which pair Poe is set. Normalisation is now standard. letting people mix in random pair may lead to device explosion. also dc.com sells passive injectors for 2e.

  13. Whoa, so the first hack is making a crossover cable, which well known and used for decades? Wow dude. And number 3 – USB extension through walls? Are you daft? USB data cable can only be a couple meter long before it fails to transmit…

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