networking troubles

  SteevScotland 03:49 23 Jan 2003
  SteevScotland 03:49 23 Jan 2003

I am trying to set up a network between 2 PCs both running XP.

AS far as I can tell both cards are installed properly. The same with drivers.

When I run the network wizard in XP I am told that my "Network connections are disconnected" even when the cards are linked together with cable.

I am using 2 SIS 900 Network cards connected with Belkin cat5e Rj45 cable.

Am I doing anything wrong?

Cheers S

  D-P-R 04:43 23 Jan 2003

Two ethernet computers may be connected directly together using an ethernet crossover cable. A crossover cable is wired differently than a normal ethernet cable.Take a look here click here and click here

  SteevScotland 13:57 23 Jan 2003

So would I be unable to set up the network using the cables I have?

Cheers S

  smcarlsen 14:05 23 Jan 2003

Unless you have a crossover cable or ethernet hub you will be unable to network your comps together. What cable do you have? is it straight through or cross over?

  SteevScotland 14:14 23 Jan 2003

Not sure how to tell. The cable is a Belkin cat5e Rj45 cable.

Cheers S

  scotty 14:47 23 Jan 2003

click here for wiring details for crossover cable.

  SteevScotland 16:02 23 Jan 2003

So that would enable me to rewire my cable to work as a crossover cable?

Have you tried it? If so is it easy and does it work?

Cheers S

  crimbo 16:20 23 Jan 2003

I network my laptop with a built in ethernet card to my main PC which has an ethernet card i fitted, using a crossover cable, and they work fine for printing file sharing and sharing my broadband connection. (both running win XP home)

  jazzypop 16:47 23 Jan 2003

It is not easy to re-wire an RJ45 plug, unless you have a good crimping tool.

For a one-off job, it is better to buy a new (crossover) cable, or find a crossover adaptor. This is a small device that plugs on the end of your cable and converts it from straighthrough to crossover.

  D-P-R 01:49 24 Jan 2003

If you go to your local computer shop (NOT a large chain ie pc world ect) they should be able to make you a cross over cable cheaply, I have just paid £15 to have a 15mtr cable made. If you are not using a network hub you will need a cross over cable to connect them directly to each other. Have you established if your cable is a straight through or a cross over cable with the link scotty posted?

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