Posted 27 December 2005 - 08:31 PM
I assume you are talking about linking the PCs using their ethernet network ports? If so then a Cat5 or better a Cat5e cable would be fine. Cat6 would be overkill but it will work fine - you only need Cat6 if you want to run Gigabit ethernet.
You are correct in thinking to link two PCs together you will need a cross-over cable. You can have the cable up to 90+metres long so joining two computers in different rooms should not be a problem BUT you are unlikely to find a crossover cable that long - you would need to get it custom made by which time things are getting a little pricey. It's probably cheaper to buy a small Hub or Switch which will allow you to use standard patch cables to link the two PC's (PC1 - switch - PC2). That will also allow you to connect another device to your network in future.
How do you connect to the internet at the moment? Many broadband/DSL plans come with a router that has a small switch built-in. If you are thinking of putting on DSL soon you might want to do this at the same time and save yourself the price of a switch - just a thought.
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