networking with xp

  filthpig 11:14 20 Feb 2007
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do you need to have a NIC or even 2 if you want to set up a small LAN using 2 computers not connected to the interneti would think that all you need is the cable and then plugthisinto the ethernet sockets in both computers although im not sure as i have never set up any kind of network before
any advice would be great
thanks

  Eric10 13:24 20 Feb 2007

For just 2 PCs you can connect them with an ethernet cable so long as it is a 'crossover' cable. click here

  Ashrich 13:40 20 Feb 2007

For a peer to peer network all that is needed are a network card in each PC and a crossover network cable , that's the easiest way , or a little harder is to have two wireless network cards and no cable and an Ad Hoc network .

Ashley

  filthpig 15:03 20 Feb 2007

what is a crossover cable and how much for one about a meter in length

  Eric10 18:41 20 Feb 2007

click here for an example. You'll probably be able to pick one up from your local PC World or other local computer shop.

  Ashrich 19:19 20 Feb 2007

A crossover cable is a cat5 cable with different pinouts to enable two PC's to talk to each other without a router in between .

Ashley

  filthpig 10:04 21 Feb 2007

thanks for the advice i will look into this at the weekend when i get a chance
thanks for your input

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