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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Laosa, 6 Dec 2005.

  1. Laosa

    Laosa What's a Dremel?

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    :rock: I just got two computerss and I need to hook them up. What do i need?
     
  2. MrWillyWonka

    MrWillyWonka Chocolate computers galore!

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    A crossover cable.

    If you wish to add more computers in the future, a switch and some network cables.

    Remember both cards will need a network card, most modern computers have it onboard anyway.

    Wireless is another option.
     
  3. Laosa

    Laosa What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks. Can you get a network cable anywhere?
     
  4. MrWillyWonka

    MrWillyWonka Chocolate computers galore!

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    Any electronics or computer store will do them, even a supermarket will do them. However crossover cables are a little more specific and cost more.

    Check newegg for a crossover cable.

    If you want a switch and network cables, check newegg too, note that crossover cables will only work directly between two computers, it will not work connected to a switch.
     
  5. Laosa

    Laosa What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks.
     
  6. mcbeckel

    mcbeckel What's a Dremel?

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    Is at least one of the workstations running XP? If all you really need is a normal network cable instead of a patch cable as XP will automatically perform the crossover (and they are cheaper too). Remember the you have to statically configure the IP addresses on each nic so that they are in the same subnet.
     
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    731|\|37 ESD Engineer in Training

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  8. Shepps

    Shepps Slacking off since 1986..

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    Google, then we need the ban hammer.
     
  9. Sam0r

    Sam0r It's been a while

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    Its the network card that does the crossover, not the OS.

    Shepps, bit harsh don't you think?!
     
  10. Shepps

    Shepps Slacking off since 1986..

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    Not really? Seen any of his other posts? :p
     
  11. Sam0r

    Sam0r It's been a while

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    Good point.
     
  12. Laosa

    Laosa What's a Dremel?

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    sorry
     
  13. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit Modder

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    Don't be, you didnt know the answer so you came to a computer hardware site to ask.
    Yes a little google'ing would have produced the answer, but you now know that, but don't be afraid to ask, you will usually get the answer in the end.
     
  14. Laosa

    Laosa What's a Dremel?

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    thanks. At least one person is nice to me. No offense to anyone else.:smile:
     
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  15. MrWillyWonka

    MrWillyWonka Chocolate computers galore!

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    You saying I'm not being nice? :eyebrow:
     
  16. Hepath

    Hepath Minimodder

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    When I tried hooking up Xp to Win2K I *had* to use a crossover cable, not a normal patch cable - anyone managed to do this using a normal patch cable?

    Also, unlike linking 2 XP based machines, you cant use the XP wizard and create a networking disk as Win2k will not accept it. Pain in the butt - so as McBeckle said you have to configure the IP addresses, subnet masks invididually. If I remember correctly, Xp uses the 192.168.*.* pattern for local IP addresses (using a 255.255.255.0 subnet)

    Laosa - you still havent told us what OS the machines run.
     
  17. Hepath

    Hepath Minimodder

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    Lasoa
    Please try to keep youre related questions in a single thread....! It makes it much easier for people to follow what is happening.

    I have posted in your newest thread.
     
  18. MrWillyWonka

    MrWillyWonka Chocolate computers galore!

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    Lasoa is running XP and 98 via a router now...

    and Hepath, you have to use a crossover cable when connecting two machines directly and one is not using XP, if you use a normal patch cable you can't transfer data because the "send port" would be connecteed to each other, and the "recieve port" would be connected to each other, making the connection useless.

    A crossover cable switches wire round somewhere in the cable so that the send is connected to the other computer's recieve, and vice versa.

    Setting up the IP. subnet mask and default gateway is easy and shouldn't be a problem in any OS, but it's definatly more user friendly in XP.

    Unless one of the computers is running a DHCP server, you will have to configure the IP addresses manually.
     
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  19. Hepath

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    Yes I thought so too - which is why I questioned it as this confused me:
    *edit*
    Will be posting in the other thread from now.....
     
  20. MrWillyWonka

    MrWillyWonka Chocolate computers galore!

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    I should also mention that I'm talking about Lasoa's situation.

    If you have two XP machines you can use a normal patch cable, but only some network cards support this feature.
     
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