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    Steve Clardy Guest

    Question Computer hookup question

    Can I hook two computer boxes together by USB cable and everything operate properly?

    Main box would show box two as another drive?

    I've tried the cat5 cable hookup.
    I have not been able to get them to reconize each other. I'm tired of that approach. Both run XP Pro

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    Steve,

    Did you use the correct Cat 5 cable? There's an "Ethernet" cable and a "Crossover" cable, IIRC. One may work while the other won't... (Sorry, I'm a Mac guy and things work different/easier...)

    I don't think USB will work...

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    You can get USB networking cables, but I've never used them

    The Cat5 cable is the way to go, but if there are just 2 PCs on the network you have to set up the IP address manually (the default is auto IP allocation) and change the firewall setting to allow file and print sharing. Setting the workgroup id to the same name helps too. If you dont have a network hub you will need a crossover patch lead between the 2 PCs, not a normal one.

    It will be one of these things that stopped it working

    Cheers

    Ian
    Last edited by Ian Abraham; 03-03-2007 at 07:59 PM.

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    Steve Clardy Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Cook View Post
    Steve,

    Did you use the correct Cat 5 cable? There's an "Ethernet" cable and a "Crossover" cable, IIRC. One may work while the other won't... (Sorry, I'm a Mac guy and things work different/easier...)

    I don't think USB will work...
    OK. Lets see. I have a Cat5E cable I bought several years ago.

    Plugs look like an oversized telephone cable plug.

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    Steve Clardy Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Abraham View Post
    You can get USB networking cables, but I've never used them

    The Cat5 cable is the way to go, but if there are just 2 PCs on the network you have to set up the IP address manually (the default is auto IP allocation) and change the firewall setting to allow file and print sharing. Setting the workgroup id to the same name helps too. If you dont have a network hub you will need a crossover patch lead between the 2 PCs, not a normal one.

    It will be one of these things that stopped it working

    Cheers

    Ian
    I have no network [a seperate box?]. Just the cable.
    Both have ethernet plugins on back.

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    Steve,

    If you just want to connect the two together, you need a crossover configured cable.

    This might help...

    http://www.duxcw.com/digest/Howto/ne...ble/cable1.htm

    Checking the cable:

    http://www.duxcw.com/digest/Howto/ne...ble/cable5.htm

    Connecting 2 computers

    http://compnetworking.about.com/od/h...ecttwocomp.htm
    Last edited by Greg Cook; 03-03-2007 at 09:26 PM.

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    I saw that title and thought you where looking for a date for your computer

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    Steve, hold the cable ends together. If they are exactly alike it is an Ethernet cable. If the ends are exact opposites it is a cross over cable. You want the to use a crossover cable to connect two PC's.

    Have a look here:

    http://www.kelsoconsultinggroup.com/...2computers.asp

    Don

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    Excellent, Don...

    I've bookmarked you link myself..

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    Steve Clardy Guest
    Ok!!! So thats the whole problem.

    I have a cat5E ethernet cable
    Both ends are the same
    Edit. The plastic plugs are the same, but the wires are crossed. ??

    I'll go check the links guys. Thanks
    Last edited by Steve Clardy; 03-03-2007 at 10:02 PM.

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