>> Funny thing is, both devices are happily operating at 100BaseT,
whereas I thought
> that more than 4 wires were required for 100BaseT.
>> Is this because they're going back to a very cheap unmanaged switch?
Or has it
> something to do with simplex / duplex operation, or what limitations
have I imposed
> on this user?
10/100Base T Ethernet only require 2 pairs to operate, so you can quite
happily run 2 connection over a single CAT5 cable.
There are even cat5 splitters (http://www.homestead.co.uk/ce45.htm).
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