2 PC's connect without hub/routher, just cable and ethernet cards

Posted on 2004-10-12
Last Modified: 2011-08-18
I have 2 PC's
One has XP, the other has W2k. Both have an ethernet card.

How can I connect one to the other WITHOUT a hub/router, just by using the 2 ethernet cards and a cable (i know I need a 'special' kind of cable).... Can someone please outline...
Question by:siddiqua
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Pete Long earned 20 total points
ID: 12285559
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

OR my website :0)

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

Basic XP Home Networking Guide - How To Network Two PC's

Description of File Sharing and Permissions in Windows XP;EN-US;304040

*****General Info***** (Good site with Networking info & Illustrations)

How to set up a home network without using a hub

Setting up a home network between two computers

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

Home Network Kit
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Expert Comment

ID: 12285566
Hi siddiqua,
First you'll need what's called a crossover cable.  You can typically find them at Radio Shack, or many hardware suppliers.
Or, make your own:

Then see this PAQ for info on gettting the network working: http:Q_20960308.html

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ID: 12286067
Hi, PeteLong

Had a short look on your site "nice" lots of info..

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ID: 12286771
1.) Buy a crosslink
2.) connet hem with the crosslink
3.) Give an IP-Adress to both computers (IP have to be inthe same net e.g. and; with subnet mask and no default Gateway)

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by:Pete Long
ID: 12289126
cooledit thanQ thats the old site for the new one go to :)
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ID: 12289615
Its not really a big deal....Just follow the below steps

1. Take a serial cable and connect your tested computer with another on Com1

2. Open the network-icon in the control-panel-window of your tested computer

3. Click on "Add"

4. Double-click on "Service"

5. Click on "Microsoft"

6. Double-click on "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks (Microsoft Network is installed)"

7. Click on "Identification"-tab

8. Give your computer an easy name (keep it in mind!) and fill out the other lines with fantasy names

9. Click on "Configuration"-tab

10. Click on the button "File and Print Sharing" Both boxes in this window must be checked (if not: check them)

11. Click on "OK"

12. Click on "Add"

13. Double-click on "Protocol"

14. Click on "Microsoft"

15. Double-click on "IPX/SPX Compatible Protocol (Protocol is installed)"

16. Double-click on "Dial Adapter"

17. Click on "OK" (Computer is loading drivers and wants to restart)

18. Restart the computer

19. Repeat all steps with the computer you want to connect

20. Declare folders or files on the host computer as "shared". To do this, right-click the object you want to share, click on sharing (a window opens)

21. Click on "Shared as"

22. Click on "Full" (optional)

23. Start the program Direct Cable Connection in Start/Program/Accessories on both computers

24. Follow the instructions of the program (set one of the computer to host and one to client)

25. Select the serial connection through Com 1

26. Wait until the guest computer asks for the name of the host computer and type the name you used at the identification for the host computer
You get connected and the guest should be able to see or load files from the host computer.

Good luck!

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ID: 12289673
what are trying to do, copy a bunch of files from on PC to another?
 The best way to do this is put both the hard drives in the same computer.  Make a slave and a master.
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Expert Comment

ID: 12289786
hi...even these link should help u...

and even lots of tutorials on home networking are available at

and some more useful links for the same...,1558,9293,00.asp

hope this will clear all ur doubts abut home networking


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ID: 12906078
First install u r NIC cards in two system and add ip address
then use cat 5 cable and RJ45 connectors use cross over conection  see the following  URL

thank you



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ID: 12922895
Serial connection is useless (115kBit MAX !)

Expert Comment

ID: 12944538
Install NETBEUI on each computer. Then after that is done, install the IPX protocols.

For each machine assign in an IP Address under the TCP/IP Protocol. You must also put a subnet mask in. Standard mask is When this is done you try pinging the other computer.


Open Run
Type CMD
Type PING [IP Address of other machine]

This hopefully will solve your problem

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