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I want to connect my PC to my new laptop and both of them are lan enabled and using windows xp prof. I have a lan cable and I have connected both of them directly but still am unable to connect both of them and transfer files
YOU MUST NOT USE THE *STRAIGHT WIRED* NETWORK CABLE........ YOU MUST USE A DIFFERENT TYOE OF NETWORK CABLE
THIS CABLE IS CALLED *CROSSOVER* NETWORK CABLE.
SO IF YOU WANT YOU PC AND LAPTOP CONNECTED BUY THAT TYPE OF NETWORK CABLE OR BUY A ROUTER.
If you are connecting two computers directly - "Network Adapter to Network Adapter" - you must use a *CROSSOVER* ethernet cable. If both "Local Area Connections" have their TCP/IP settings configured to get their IP addresses automatically (which is the default setting), Windows will allocate an address in the 169.254.x.x range which should let you transfer files over the network. Any firewall software needs to be configured to allow access to the networked computers.
If you want the laptop to share the PC's internet connection, you need to enable “Internet Connection Sharing” on the modem connection.
To enable “Internet Connection Sharing” in Windows XP, open the Network Connections folder, right click the actual internet connection (modem connection), select Properties and then the Advanced tab. Tick the box “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”.
When you enable "Internet Connection Sharing" on the Internet connection, it automatically configures the network adapter used for your "private network connection" with the IP address 192.168.0.1 and subnet mask 255.255.255.0. If you have more than one adapter available for this purpose, e.g. both a "Local Area Connection" and a "Wireless Network Connection", you will have a drop down list from which to select the appropriate adapter. The "Client" PC's Local Area Connection should be set to get its IP address automatically, which it does by DHCP from the "Host" PC. Also, if you run the Zone Alarm firewall in your "Host" PC, the Internet Zone Security level must be reduced from High to Medium or "ICS" traffic will be blocked.
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