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Linux and Windows 7 Internet Sharing with crossover cable.(auto MDIX)

So I recently made a Linux Box on an old Optiplex 520. I used Zorin OS and I have Windows 7 on my main machine. I have a Arris box that sends out wifi, and my main computer is connected to that. The Optiplex does not have a wifi card. Now both of the computers are right beside each other, about a foot apart. I want to use the internet on the main computer AND have it available on the other computer WHEN both computers are ON OR OFF. I have a few friends who make ethernet cables for class, and also made some crossover cables. My question is, can I use a regular cable or a crossover cable?

Main PC:
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c01869211&lang=en&cc=us&taskId=101&contentType=SupportFAQ&prodSeriesId=3999463
Linux Box:
DEll.com/support/home/us/en/04/product-support/servicetag/H4VXS81/configuration


Edit:Realtek 8101E, Does that support auto-MDIX?
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  1. See ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) feature on Windows 7. In general - in TCP/IP properties of the interface connected to the Internet (in your case, WiFi card) you check a mark saying "Share this connection..."
  2. Alabalcho said:
    See ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) feature on Windows 7. In general - in TCP/IP properties of the interface connected to the Internet (in your case, WiFi card) you check a mark saying "Share this connection..."


    So if I do this, and connect a ethernet wire, the connection will be shared? Also, will I need a crossover cable. I made one myself and I have regular ethernet cables scattered around the house.
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    ICS will reset your "other" network' IP address to 192.168.0.1, and enable DHCP on that interface. Your other computer should then get connected.

    Whether you can use straight cable, depends on both network cards' capabilities. Cross-over cable should be of no problem.
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