ResNet - Choose the Right Network Cable

Issue/Question

  • What kind of network cable do I need to connect to ResNet?

Environment

  • Oregon State University
  • Resident
  • ResNet
  • Wired Network

Resolution

When connecting your computer to the network, you must use a network cable (also known as an Ethernet or CAT–5/CAT-5e/CAT–6 cable). A regular phone cable will not work, even though it looks similar to a network cable.

Network cables can be purchased at the OSU Beaver Store.

Phone & Network Cable Differences:

  • The jack at the end of network cables is wider than a phone's cable.
  • Network cables are usually thicker and rounder than a telephone cable.
  • Network cables usually have more pins then phone cables.
  • Network cables have larger RJ-45 connectors and phone cables usually have smaller RJ-11 connectors.

Internet Cable

Correct

Phone Cable

Incorrect

For assistance, contact the IS Service Desk.

Details

Article ID: 45760
Created
Thu 1/4/18 8:41 AM
Modified
Wed 1/29/20 3:55 PM