How many conductors does Ethernet require.
OK I know Cat 5, Cat 5E, Cat 6 etc all contain 4 pairs (8 conductors) but how many can I make it work with?
I have a situation with a customer that is running a phone on one pair leaving 3 pairs for the PC. Now it appears one pair is open.
Can I make it work on just two pairs?
This is not subject to any testing or certification, all they care about is getting it to work. I suggested wireless but they do not want to go that way.
Most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided.