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Old 02-18-2008, 02:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought a cat 5e cable and am trying to connect two laptops with this cable. I can't get them to recognize each other. I tried to setup a new connection under network connections but couldn't get it to work. What do I need to do? Thanks.
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You need to buy a "cross-over" ethernet cable to connect two computers without a router.
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This is a crossover cable
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Are you sure it's a crossover and not a regular one?
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Yes it is a crossover.
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have you configured a static IP address for both laptops? alternatively you can run a DHCP server on one of the laptops but that is kind of pointless.
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I didn't configure the IP addresses. How would I do that?
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start>control panel>network connections. right click on the network adapter you are using and select properties. click on IP protocol, click properties. do this on each and give them both private addresses (anything in the range 192.168.0.1-192.168.0.254 will do) and make sure they are different addresses.
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After I change the addresses what do I do then or what should happen. Does the other computer appear as another hard drive under "my computer"? I'm very familiar with this please provide all the details you can. Thanks again.
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so i'm guessing you are trying to set up file sharing between the two laptops? the next step depends slightly on what you want to do exactly. it is not recommended to share a whole drive as it poses a security risk. you can do it but it's not a good practice. you can either create a folder to place everything you want to share in, use the shared documents folder or just share particular folders containing what you want.

either way, find the folder you want to share, right click on it and choose the sharing and security option (this might not be there until you activate file sharing though, in that case open the properties and switch to the sharing tab). the options there should be fairly self explanatory. after you've enabled the folders you want to share you may need to reboot as file sharing can be a bit finicky. you should then be able to find the shared folders from the other laptop in the "My Network Places" on each respective computer.
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