10BASE-T Stackable Hubs
Once you have set up your hubs and connected them into a stack, you are
ready to connect network stations, and to connect your hub to the rest of your
Ethernet network. This chapter tells how to connect workstations to the hub,
and the hub to the other hubs and network components on your local area
Connecting Stations to the Hub
The hub's RJ-45 connectors are used for directly connecting the hub to
network devices using 10BASE-T shielded or unshielded twisted-pair cable
(STP or UTP). The X label marked on each port means the ports are MDI-X
ports, which connect to workstations and servers using straight-through
cables and to other hubs using crossover cables.
To connect to a network station, use ordinary Ethernet twisted pair cable
(Category 3 or better), either directly or through a central wiring patch block.
The cable can be a maximum of 100 meters long. Only two wire pairs in the
cable are used for 10BASE-T Ethernet.
One wire pair should be connected to pins 1 and 2 of the connector, and
another wire pair should be connected to pins 3 and 6. Detailed pinout
information for 10BASE-T connectors can be found in Appendix D.