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 From:  Thomas Hertz <thomas at hz dot se>
 To:  Mohammad Hasieb Ali <alimohammad at comcast dot net>
 Cc:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] help integrating m0n0wall into my network
 Date:  Sun, 12 Oct 2003 21:26:15 +0200
Actually, the MDIX (uplink) port on your switch is nothing but a regular 
port where the TX and RX pins have been switched. So putting a straight 
cable in the uplink port is the same thing as putting a crossover cable 
into one of the "regular" ports on the switch. This is how to connect 
your gear, only using regular straight patch cables:

<cable modem>-<nic1 on monowall>-<uplink port on switch | regular 

It's nothing magic, really. =)

Thomas Hertz

Mohammad Hasieb Ali wrote:

> Hello, I installed m0n0wall (took hd out and wrote image to it, 
> avoided cdrom)
> and Im not exactly the network professional. I think the element I am 
> missing
> is a crossover cable, but Im not 100% sure, and I was going to ask if 
> someone
> could help me with this:
> I have a switch (5 port, Supporting MDIX and something else (MDIX 
> labeled as X, the
> other is II) MDIX is the mode I am looking for, at least I think. port 
> 5 is the upload
> port. I have a m0n0wall box with two NICS, (both supported under fbsd, 
> actually,
> both are even based on the realtek 8139). Now, is it possible for me 
> to plug my modem
> into one NIC on my m0n0wall, and plug my switch (possibly upload 
> port@MDIX)  into the other?
> Heres my "theory"  (although, i am unable to test it due to the lack 
> of a crimper atm)
> CABLE MODEM                 -(patch)>            NIC1
> SWITCH (PORT5@MDIX)    -(crossover)>    NIC2
> and then I plug in everything using patch cables into my hub (the 
> remaining four ports)?
> If this is the correct way to do it, Why do i Need Crossover cables 
> (im not complaining, I can
> crimp them if i need it, but im just curious, <3 knowledge)
> I understand the physical differences, but what does that do for the 
> transfer?
> Thanks Alot,
>                   Mohammad Ali
> P.S. Sorry for the offtopic discussion :( I know this isnt exactly the 
> place for network help, just m0n0wall
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