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Read Maelstrom`s explanation. Just think...most homosexual relationships have a dominant (pitcher, butch) and a submissive (catcher, lipstick).
*sings*Come on baby light my firewire!
Is it wrong that I had a wrong innuendo in my head when I saw them both connected? :-|
Different devices use different wires to transmit and receive.
Straight-through: The pins one device uses to transmit are the pins the other device uses to receive. (i.e. you are straight)
Cross-over: Both devices will use the same pins to transmit and receive, so you must "cross" the wires in the cable at some point so that the transmit pins will be talking to the receive pins on the other side. This is usually the case when connecting similar devices (PC to PC, switch to switch, etc.) and thusly means you are homosexual.
I feel bad that I`m able to answer that. :(
"Presumably, these Ethernet rings come in both straight-through and cross-over pin-outs for traditional and same-sex nerding."
I`d probably laugh if I understood what that meant.