Local area network

  karmann 16:04 29 Aug 2004

Sorry in advance if I seem a bit thick.
I have 2 pcs and a laptop all three have lan cards fitted.I have tried to set up a network first from pc to pc and then from pc to laptop.everything seemed to install ok but I am told by the pcs and the laptop that the network cables are unplugged when in fact they are plugged in.What am I doing wrong.All three machines are running xp pro and I am connecting directly from pc to pc or pc to laptop with a standard 45 cable.Do I need to install any drivers, iff so how do I find them.
Any help would be appreciated.

You will need to have a cross-over patch cable when linking 2 PC's directly, not a straight-thru patch cable.

  LastChip 16:16 29 Aug 2004

If you're using a direct connection, are you using a crossover cable?

If you're using a straight through (patch) cable, it wont work, which may be why you are getting this message.

  SEASHANTY 16:18 29 Aug 2004

Connecting direct PC to PC or PC to Laptop using
Lan cards you need CROSSOVER RJ45 Cat5 cable. If you connect them via a hub or a router then you must use
STRAIGHT THROUGH RJ45 cables (sometimes called patch cables) click here

  SEASHANTY 16:24 29 Aug 2004

The difference is shown here
click here

  karmann 18:37 05 Sep 2004

Both now say that ther lan are connected but I dont seem to be able to get any response from one pc to the laptop

  SEASHANTY 11:18 06 Sep 2004

Check out the ethernet tutorial in HomeNetHelp
click here
Also another helpful website covering home networking click here

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