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Connecting a laptop to a PC



7:05 pm on Jun 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Just bought a laptop today need someone to point me in the right direction on what to do or buy so I can connect to my pc.

Not bothered about wireless connection at the moment just need to get connected with a cable.

Any help is very much appreciated!



7:20 pm on Jun 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If you're running WindozeXP on both machines, a simple "Cat-5 Crossover" network cable will do the job. Plug the ends into the PC and laptop, and off you go.

Beyond that, its a question of other things:
1. What do you want to achieve by connecting the two?
2. Do you want shared internet access?
3. Are you running a non-Windoze OS?


5:42 pm on Jul 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

You probably have Win machines. If so, get a little network hub and plug them into it. Make sure they are both set to the same workgroup so it's easier to navigate between the two of them. This will allow for easy internet sharing too. Sharing your internet connection will depend on your router and if it's capable of providing DHCP (dynamic host configuration protocol. That means the ability to dynamically assign IP addresses without you having to acquire additional IPs from your ISP). You should be able to get everything hooked together for less than $50.

Good luck getting everything together.


10:20 am on Jul 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Ah, ok. Thanks :)

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