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From what I red, an CAT5 ethernet cabel is crossover, is that correct?
I did much research last night (till 2am) and apparenly I should be able to hook my two computers with just a cable but there is no step by step guide.
I am running Win XP on both machines. I know how to bring up the TCP/IP properties in the network connection but I just don't know what to set the values to. Please help.
I probably forgot something, but that should get you started.
My modem has ip address 126.96.36.199
My desktop has two network cards. One card connects to the modem. This card has a fixed IP address 188.8.131.52. The default gateway is 184.108.40.206
The other card has fixed IP address 220.127.116.11 and the default gateway is 18.104.22.168
On my lattop, the IP address is 22.214.171.124 and the default gateway is 126.96.36.199
Somehow I dont think this is correct because the laptop and network card no 2 CANNOT see default gateway/modem.
The laptop cannot surf the web or share folders in the desktop.
Both computers are in the same workgroup. If I don't configure the laptop or network card no 2, they are assigned a diffrent set of IP addresses. The laptop can see Shared folder the desktop but the desktop cannot see shared folders in the laptop. Could this be a password thing?
You might find it easier to just run the "Network Setup Wizard" on both machines.
Also, you should use the non-routable 192.168.x.x address range if the "168.192.x.x" addresses you typed above are the actual addresses that are configured.
[edited by: jdMorgan at 12:07 am (utc) on Nov. 19, 2007]
On my desktop, on network card no 1 (that is connected to the DSL modem), I right click, Properties, Advanced, "Allow other network users to connect through this computer''s internet connection" is already checked.
"You might find it easier to just run the "Network Setup Wizard" on both machines."
I did that on the desktop, no problem. I also did that on the laptop, it just goes through without allowing me to pick hich computer I want to connect to
If you have ZoneAlarm (or similar installed) switch it off and disconnect from the internet.
Check your IP addresses are 192.168.ddd.ddd (you wrote 168.192... above) and also the subnet mask is 255.255.255.0
Ensure that the protocols "Client for Microsoft Networks" and "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" are both ticked on both computers (for each network adapater).
In Explorer on computer_1 type in \\computer_2_name\ and cross your fingers. If that doesn't work try it the other way around. If that doesn't work, make sure that at least one resource is shared on each computer and try again. If that doesn't work, go away, have a coffee and try again in five minutes - for some reason I have never fathomed, direct connections can be slow to activate.
Assuming it is now working, if necessary, reactivate ZoneAlarm on each computer and enter the IP addresses part of the "trusted zone". Hopefully, it will continue to work.
I managed to get this working ut at a cost. I have two network cards, A and B.
When I plug the DSL modem cable to card B and connet the laptop to A, internet and VoIP works but the laptop cannot get a connection.
When I swap the cables over, I get the network to work but VoIP drops out. It's been very frustrating.
I looked at the packaging of the cable that I bought, it says CAT 5e. I simply assumed it was cross over, until i later checked the receipt, it was a patch cable. The idiot in the shop gave me the wrong cable after I told him exactly what i wanted to do. So I jumped on ebay and bought a Cat 5 crossover cable.
I am really new at this, I have learnt so much this week. Thank you for teachig me.