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is crossover cable required?

by y0Lorenzo / November 14, 2007 5:53 PM PST

I need to quickly and inexpensively create a network for transfering files between two computers. Laptop (Vista) getting internet over wifi (net not needed for this operation) and desktop(XP SP2). Is a crossover cable required or can I just ethernet them to each other (hasn't worked yet)? Are there special settings to configure or should something just pop up.

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Please read the forum sticky
by PudgyOne / November 14, 2007 7:08 PM PST
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oops
by y0Lorenzo / November 15, 2007 8:14 AM PST

i guess i should further clarify. i do not wish to purchase equipment (router/switch) if not absolutely necessary for this one-time transfer with another computer. ive heard its possible to directly cable-connect two computers with ethernet but i cannot get it to work. when i plug ethernet into each, they both just say "network cable unplugged." is it because this requires a crossover cable? or do i just need to adjust settings. or was i told wrong and this is not possible?

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Then opt for USB Memory Stick.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 15, 2007 9:06 AM PST
In reply to: oops

I've seen 2GB USB sticks for as much as a crossover cable.

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i ended up figuring it out
by y0Lorenzo / November 16, 2007 12:45 PM PST

with a little more searching, i found the answer.

disable windows and all other software firewalls, and this the instructions in th following link will work.

http://nitecruzr.blogspot.com/2005/07/connecting-two-computers-with.html

i successfully transferred files using these instructions with a home-cut standard straight-thru tia568a ethernet cable between a 2002 dell desktop and a 2007 lenovo thinkpad.

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by standard tia568a
by y0Lorenzo / November 16, 2007 12:47 PM PST

i mean non-crossover or any other special ethernet cable, just one laying around.

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