This little gadget from ThinkGeek has made life a lot easier for me. I keep it in my IT/Network tool box and take it with me almost everywhere. Since being given this Universal Network Cable as a gift from my wife I have never had to make another cross-over cable.
Universal Network Cable
Just rotate the center to the cable you need If you’re a member of the IT crowd, it’s sometimes hard to explain to your management why you need things. Especially if they’re the type of people who think the internet is a black box with a red LED on top or people who believe that if you type “Google” into Google you’ll break the internet.
Try explaining to them that every time you need a patch cable that you have to dig through the giant box of everything cable-shaped for an eternity before finding the right one. To them, all cables are the same. So here’s what you’re going to say… ready? “Hey, last time I had to find a patch cable, it cost you $50 worth of my time. Buy me one of these and I’ll never have to waste that time again.” They don’t need to know that the Universal Network Cable adapter allows you to change wiring standard with just a click.
They won’t care about going from straight through to crossover. Their eyes will glaze over when you mention Cisco or T1 or DDS. Just tell them that the Universal Network Cable is THE essential tool for the IT crowd, and that you’ll save them tons of wasted man/grrl hours a year. (Don’t tell them that you’ll spend those newly-found hours playing World of Warcraft. Bad idea.)