Q: Ethernet Cabling Pinouts

By certskills August 20, 2015 09:05

#CCENT test takers sometimes struggle with going from the basic idea of a crossover cable, to looking at a network diagram and deciding which types of cable pinouts to use for each link. Today’s post adds to the practice. As usual, feel free to comment, but I’ll defer comment yes/no about your answer until the answer post is up (which will be linked at the bottom of this post).  Thanks!



The Figure shows a small network, with several types of devices. The network has all the correct cabling installed, and the correct configuration, so that all the PCs in the figure can communicate, as proven by their ability to successfully ping each other.

The numbers in the figure simply provide a way for the questions to reference the various parts of the figure. Use the information above when answering the following question:

Question: Each answer lists two links based on the reference numbers in the figure. Which answers list at least one link number for a link that should use crossover cabling pinouts?
A. 1, 2
B. 3, 4
C. 5, 6
D. 7, 8
E. 9, 10

A: Parsing Layer and Header Terminology
A: Ethernet Cabling Pinouts
By certskills August 20, 2015 09:05
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  1. Jason January 31, 10:25

    Looking at this figure I’d say that a crossover cable is needed for the switch-to-switch connection. Also, the one I’m not sure of, is the switch-to-hub connection. I think that would require a crossover as well.

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  2. certskills January 31, 13:48

    Your instincts were right – hubs act like switches in regards to Ethernet pinouts. I’ve posted the longer answer in the blog just a few minutes ago, but your comment nails the important part of the analysis. Thanks for joining in…

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  3. MKT March 22, 04:44


    Because Hubs & switches use the the same pins 3 & 6 as transmitter and 1,2 as receiver.

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  4. Aaron September 15, 14:35

    NIC, Routers and AP All transmit on PINS 1,2 and Switches and HUBs transmit on 3, 6. so acording to the figure it it link 5 and 9 hat need crossover cables.

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  5. siva December 30, 22:29

    Hi Wendell,
    If PC transmits on Pins 1&2 and Hubs transmits on Pins 3 & 6, how does the collision happen?

    Wish you Happy New Year 2019.

    Thank you

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    • CCENTSkills January 21, 10:13

      Thanks Siva! Happy new year to you, too.

      If you ‘ve got the books, read the the first part of chapter 10 in the ICND1 Official Cert Guide, and specifically figure 10-2 and surrounding text.

      If not, short versions:
      1) Hub receives two frames at the same time. Both signals are repeated out all other ports. So on a 3rd port, the two repeated signals overlap when transmitted on that ports 1,2 pair.
      2) Hub uses circuitry to detect the concurrent transmission and receipt of signals on the hubs transmit and receive pairs (called a loopback circuit), just so the hub can tell when a port experiences the case of both transmitting and receiving at the same time. (I don’t bother to show that one in the book any longer, by the way.)
      Hope this helps,

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  6. Prathmesh Patil May 14, 11:34

    The Ans. is C & E as both list atleast one segment that uses crossover cable. Link numbered 5 will have to use crossover cable as it connects two like devices(switches). also, the hub and the switch both transmit using pair at pins 3&6 and receive using pair at pins 1&2. so the network engineer will have to use crossover cable connection to connect both the links.

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  7. Punya Atma March 10, 21:31

    The answer is C.

    Two like, devices connect to each other by cross-over cable.

    SW1, and, SW2.

    SW2, and, AP.

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  8. Punya Atma March 11, 21:34

    In the answers the choice E, link 9 is Ok, but link 10 is not crossover, but an straight-through cable. Hub transmits on its pins 3, 6, but the PC transmits on its pins 1, 2.

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    • Cristhopher July 22, 15:14

      Yeah you are rightm but the wording said “at least one link number that should use crossover cable that in fact was the link 9 between sw and hub.

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