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I am currently running  a PC with Win2K which hosts a LAN link to 8 Engineering Milling Machines.  Its just for transfer of CAD files, nothing more (All switch ports are in use).  Next to it I have another PC running XP.  I want to network the two PC's together but without connecting via our existing ethernet switch ie I want to network them seperately by another means....

The reason I want to do this is to Ghost the first PC onto the second one for backup.  I have currently got the PC's linked by this USB cable, but it only allows file transfer, and not true networking (It was from china....)
What are my options?

Is there a way of running 2 LANS and disconnecting cables to switch over etc....??
Is there a way of true networking by some other means (maybe I bought the wrong type of USB cable)???


Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Ollie.
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Pete Long earned 500 total points
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Networking Two Pc's with a crossover cable


Each PC will need a NIC (network Interface Card) and you will
need a Cat5 Crossover cable (this is different from a normal
network cable!

Here what a crossover looks like and how it differs from a
straight through cable
http://www.makeitsimple.com/how-to/dyi_crossover.htm

OR my website :0)
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/pete.long007/patchlead.htm



*****Setting up on XP*****

Basic XP Home Networking Guide - How To Network Two PC's
http://www.tweakhound.com/xp/basicxpnet/basicXPnet1.htm

Description of File Sharing and Permissions in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;304040

*****General Info*****

http://www.bytescribe.com/support/networking.htm

http://theresourcefork.com:81/WWWserver/techinfo/Build_Your_Own_Crossover_Cable/index.shtml#chap4 (Good site with Networking info & Illustrations)

http://www.nuevaecija.net/articles/CrossOver/crossover.php

How to set up a home network without using a hub
http://www.comusolv.com/support/printmodule/network_with_no_hub.htm

Setting up a home network between two computers
http://www.epinions.com/cmd-review-41D6-5C355BF-39FBC8A4-prod1

*****Networking Hardware*****

Home Network Kit
http://www.bobtailed.co.uk/html/home_network_kit.html
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by:admin2005
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hi sir
open your nic card with any your pc and add new ip adddress like 10.0.0.1  you can add  multi ip address on same pc
then go to pc 2 and add another ip like 10.0.0.2   . then
check pc1 by ping 10.0.0.2    
case windows 2k (windows xp +windows 2000) support to 21 ip address on same pc .
good luck
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by:dis1931
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You can also get a switch or hub and use that for these two PCs and just plug/unplug into which ever you need.  You can also add a second NIC and connect that to the second switch/hub and leave it as a permanent connection.  You will just need to use a different range of IP address such as described above.  The crossover cable idea is a good one as well....I just am not fond of it no particular reason i guess it does work and is just as good.  I find i can never find a crossover cable when i need it and I hate making cables and I hate buying them pre-made.  Good Luck eithr way you go...

Dis
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by:PennGwyn
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There are Ethernet adapters that plug into USB, so you could replace your existing USB link with two of those and an Ethernet crossover cable.

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ThanQ
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