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Old 08-28-02, 04:41 PM
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Null Ethernet Cable to connect two computers to transfer files

Hi all,

I have a "null" cross over cable to connect two computers. Both computers have NICs. What steps do I perform to connect the two?

can I just create a new network connection and select "connect directly to another computer"?

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Old 08-28-02, 05:29 PM
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pretty much
-set up static IPs on both PCs.
-Assign one something like 10.0.1.1 and the other 10.0.1.10
-Subnet mask of 255.255.255.0
-give them different computer names

try to ping one ip from the other to test it.

Enable File & Printer sharing and you're done.
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Old 08-29-02, 08:05 AM
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thank you so much, i'll try this weekend. if anyone has any other suggestions, please let m eknow!
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Old 08-31-02, 12:03 PM
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I'm trying to do the same thing...
How do I assign the subnet mask....
and how do I ping them?
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Old 08-31-02, 12:11 PM
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Originally posted by DJ K5
I'm trying to do the same thing...
How do I assign the subnet mask....
and how do I ping them?
You assign the subnet mask in the TCP/IP properties. Usually under the IP address. To ping click Start > Run and type command or cmd. Then at the command prompt type ping and the IP of the other computer.
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Old 08-31-02, 12:26 PM
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there is no subnet mask assignment option that I can find in those properties...

i'm on 2000
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Old 08-31-02, 01:04 PM
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never mind... on the other computer with xp there is... not on mine (2000)

ping didn't work hmm...
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Old 09-02-02, 07:56 AM
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I carry around a crossover cable, so I write this based on experience.

If both computers are running a relatively recent version of Windows (Windows 98SE, Windows ME, Windows XP, or Windows 2000), your OS will mostly auto-configure once you plug in the cable.

One of these three methods will work.

In Windows XP (and maybe 2K), you'll see a network connection icon appear and a pop-up box reading: "New network connection". You won't yet be able to communicate, though. The reason is that your computer needs to detect network protocol info. Here's what you do: Right-click on the network icon and select "Repair". You'll probably have to wait about 30 seconds for the computer to realize it can't find a DNS server, in which case it will pick an arbitrary IP address. That machine is now ready to network.

- OR -

You may have a utility called "winipcfg" (Windows IP Configurator) that does virtually the same thing. Click the Start button, select Run, type "winipcfg" without the quotes, and hit Enter. If you have the utility, you'll see a new window listing some basic IP information. Click "Release" or "Release All", which will just take a moment to process, and then click "Renew" or "Renew All", which will take between 10 and 30 seconds to process. Once that's done, your computer should have a new IP address, and it is now ready to network.

- OR -

If those methods don't work, you'll have to do it the old-school, DOS-prompt way. Click Start and select Run. Type "command" (without the quotes) in the Run box and hit Enter. You'll see a text screen appear (this is the "console") - don't panic! You just need to enter three commands in order:
ipconfig /release all
ipconfig /renew all
exit
The first one will take about 5 seconds to process; the second will take between 10 and 60 to process. The third will immediately close your "console" session, and your computer will then be ready to network.

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Old 09-02-02, 10:37 PM
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Thanks for the tips everyone, but I realized that I had a router laying around so I just used that Thanks again, much appreciated
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