Sunday, September 30, 2007

How to connect or link two computers with Ethernet cable

There’s few other method you can use to link two computers. But if you want to play network games, running a network application or for file and print sharing, connecting with Ethernet cable is the best option.

Personally I have done this for Windows to Windows, Windows to Linux (or vice versa) and LTSP (Linux Terminal Server Project).


1.
Make sure each computer have a functioning network interface.
Most motherboard has a build–in network interface. Otherwise, get an internal NIC or USB to Ethernet adapter if you prefer external.

2. Get the Ethernet crossover cable
· The easiest way is to buy one. Go to your local IT store and tell the sales person that you want a crossover cable. Additionally, you might have to tell the sales person that you want to connect two computers. No hub, switch or router involved.

· Or, make your own.



3. Connect the two computer with the cable
· IF you’re using Windows XP on both computers, you probably don’t have to do anything. Windows XP will automatically connect to each other.

· Otherwise, if the other computer is running Linux for example, set an IP address for each computer.
For example: Set the first computer with
IP address 192.168.1.1
Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0

2nd computer
IP address 192.168.1.2
Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0



* Note that the only difference between IP addresses is 1 and 2 (it can be any number from 1-254. Just make sure it’s not the same number)

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