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CAT6 cabling colour codes.

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What are the functions of the color codes in a straight cable?

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Even if it's a CAT5 or CAT6 configuration, the straight cable is used to connect two different devices such as :

  • Connect a computer to a switch/hub's normal port.
  • Connect a computer to a cable/DSL modem's LAN port.
  • Connect a router's WAN port to a cable/DSL modem's LAN port.
  • Connect a router's LAN port to a switch/hub's uplink port.
  • Connect 2 switches/hubs with one of the switch/hub using an uplink port and the other one using normal port.

The colored wires simply tell you how to make the connection and how to properly configure the cables.

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