the easiest way to do it is with a router, and 2 regular ethernet cables, plugged into the LAN ports (not wan). the router should take care of the connection settings for you automatically, right out of the box. If you plan to play games this way with a direct connection you need to make sure that your particular game has the ability to play on a LAN. More than likely with these ingredients you should have no problem. and if you do, we are here.
also, make sure both computers are set to a workgroup with the same name. to find your workgroup, right click my computer, choose properties, then the computer name tab. You can see your workgroup there, or click change to change it to a workgroup name that matches, eg mshome
Edited by Kalon Wiggins, 08 January 2010 - 04:29 AM.