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I have two computers, that both have ethernet card.  I have a cable. How do I connect them so that the can communicate with each other without them being on some LAN or WAN?   I need to transfer some large files between the computers.
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You need a cross-over cable. You can buy one at your local conmputer store or, if you're a hands-on kind of guy, you can build one yourself. Wiring diagram can be found here:
http://www.gccprinters.com/support/doc/crossover.html

Once you have your cable installed you will have to install a network protocal. I would unstall NetBEUI in this case. It's the easiest to configure as there pretty much is no configuration. You just need to install it.

You might have to search for the other computer on the network (yeah, it's a LAN, no getting around it) before you can actually start transferring files, depending on the OS.

Hope this helps  :-)
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by:Ben_iti
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Hi

It depends on which operating system you have
For example if you have windows 2000
You need to setup a workgroup for each machine. Both machines must have the workgroup name, The computer name can be anything. However I think the computer names must be different

If you have icon down the bottom right hand corner which says local area network unplugged. Then you have a problem.

Cheers
Ben
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