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Connecting Two Computers


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#1 roadbum

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 04:11 PM

I'm just trying to connect two computers, and I can't find any info that relates to what I want to do, heres my situation: I want to connect two computers, the first one is upstairs, and is connected to the internet (dial-up connection) the other one is in the basement no internet. Someone told me that all I needed to do was connect the two using a CAT5 cable to the LAN ports which I've done. I've screwed around with the network wizards on both comps specifing a Rhine 2 ethernet connection, but I keep getting a message telling me something is still disconnected. Will this set-up work? do I need to install network PCI cards in both comps, and connect through them? hook up a router or what?

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 04:54 PM

To connect two computers through their LAN ports, you must use a crossover cable, or a straight-thru with a HUB or switch. Here you can see diagrams of both cables:

http://www.duxcw.com/digest/Howto/network/cable/cable5.htm

I recommend you to only use TCP/IP protocol; set fixed IP's to both computers; and make sure they are using the same network submask and workgroup.

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 08:56 PM

The IPs have to be different though. Computer one 192.168.1.101, computer two 192.168.1.102 or similar. A $40 router from WalMart ould make it eaier and expandable, for later.
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