PC to Laptop via ethernet switcher?

  jock23 15:35 27 Jan 2009

I want to connect my pc to my laptop to transfer info fast on occasions, and there was a spare ethernet switcher (Netgear FS108) at work so I thought I would be able to plug both PCs into the switcher and transfer information (like i have been able to do when I moved my wireless router upstairs to do the same task)

However when I plugged them in the PC said Limited or No Connectivity?? Does the ethernet switcher need to be plugged into a router or something as well?


  brundle 16:03 27 Jan 2009

Both machines are looking for a DHCP server (which would normally be a router or server), Windows is usually able to create private IP addresses on its own if it can't find one - look at the network adapter properties, if the machines both have IP addresses starting 169.254. then Windows has given the machines IP addresses itself.

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Easier to plug the switch into the router tho.

  jock23 16:08 27 Jan 2009

yes but to plug the switch into the router so that my pc can access it I would have to unplug the router from the telephone line and take it upstairs!

  brundle 16:16 27 Jan 2009

Let APIPA sort things out then, both machines connected to the switch. Disable wireless internet connection(s) when you connect everything up so.

  Switcher 15:21 31 Jan 2009


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