I have little experience of networks but have been trying to set up a Tiny Area Network in my home between 2 computers. They are both running Windows XP and are practically identical in setup.
I have a Cat5e Crossover cable Patch cable that should allow me to connect the two computer without need for a hub (will invest at a later date!)
I have plugged the cable into both computers - when viewing Network Connections - a connection appears which I beleive to b that of the network (I have run the networksetup wizard) and one says Nvidia MCP networking controller and the other says Realtek 810 Family Fast Ethernet NIC - so thats OK)
However, I really don't know where to go from here - My idea is to be play network games between the two - is this possible with cross over? How can I test as the games don't seem to be working. . .