The Universal Cable is another great gadget that helps me quickly and easily switch to the cable I need when working. You select the by rotating the yellow collar to one of the five including:

  • ROLLED: Connect a host to a (TM) router or switch
  • CROSSOVER: Communicate directly between without a hub or switch
  • STRAIGHT-THROUGH: Use as a standard RJ45 patch cable
  • ATM / LOOPBACK: Test if a network card is working by checking for link lights with no need for a hub or switch
  • T1: Connect to DDS lines / T1 trunk lines

I have had mine a couple of months and found it to be well built and working exactly as advertised. Though you might not need all of the cable types, being able to quickly switch makes this gadget well worth the $30. While I don’t use it often, it has been a time saver when I’ve needed it most.

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