Data cable or phone cable

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Data cable or phone cable

I just received my Gateway. It is a 3600HGV. The data cable provided is too short.

 

1. Will my phone cable work until I buy a longer cable?

2. What do I need to buy?

 

Thanks!

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Re: Data cable or phone cable

You need a twisted pair cable with RJ11 ends.  It's a mite difficult to find in your average store.  Normal phone cord with RJ11 ends is typically not twisted pair.  Normal twisted pair cable has RJ45 ends.

 

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I'm confused. Is a telephone cable not RJ11? The normal phone line is not CAT5 though, right? What's the difference and why wouldn't it work?

 

Thanks for the help!

 

 

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Yes you can use a normal phone cord as a temporary line, the green data cable is 15 feet, and you need more?
The wireless connection should work OK for most applications.
Hardwired for PC may be easier to use green data cable and purchase 25 or 50 foot Ethernet cable between RG and PC (game console)

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Yes, I am a bit more than 15 ft. from the outlet. It's just the way things are situated in the room.

 

So if I understand correctly I can use the phone cable in the short term but I need to either get a longer CAT5 cable with RJ11 ends OR a longer ethernet cable. Correct?

 

What's the difference between the CAT5 data cable and the phone cable?

 

Thanks!

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A typical Cat5/5e or Cat 6 data cable will have RJ45 ends and 4 twisted pairs of wires between them.  A typical phone cord will have RJ11 ends and the four wires (i.e. two pair) will either not be twisted at all, or be twisted at a lower rate than Cat 5 (normally Cat 3), it's normally flat with the conductors side-by-side.

 

The cable you want long term should have RJ11 ends with at least one twisted pair, preferably at the Category 5 rate or better.  This is what the green cable is.

 

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cbm76 wrote:

Yes, I am a bit more than 15 ft. from the outlet. It's just the way things are situated in the room.

 

So if I understand correctly I can use the phone cable in the short term but I need to either get a longer CAT5 cable with RJ11 ends OR a longer ethernet cable. Correct?

 

What's the difference between the CAT5 data cable and the phone cable?

 

Thanks!


If you don't have any problems, don't worry about it, others have posted the same and it's worked for them too.

 

Could put the 3600 back where the green cable works and use a cat5e patch cable to your computer (assuming). Smiley Surprised

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