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How to connect 2 PCs via switch?

Last response: in Networking
March 28, 2008 11:35:20 PM


I have a laptop and a desktop PC and I want that they can communicate with each other via a switch.
I plugged in the cables in switch and in computers, the network icon from the system tray looks like everything is fine.

Both systems are using Windows XP SP2.

I set these IP settings:
1) Laptop
the rest is blank

2) Desktop PC
the rest is blank

Other details:
- the desktop PC has an additional ethernet LAN card which is not used (I don't think is relevant)
- the laptop has set up a broadband connection PPPoE which I want to use later after I make the 2 computers to work with each other

What's wrong? the ping to or are not working, the firewall programs were suspended.
The switch is working, I can connect via the broadband connection to the internet through the switch and works.

I think there are dozens of similar questions but I couldn't find my case.

Thanks for your help!

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March 31, 2008 3:35:52 PM

do you see any problem? at least theoretically my settings and environment are ok?
April 1, 2008 8:57:11 PM

Your configuration seems correct. You can try opening the Device Manager on bith computers, removing the network cards and then restarting Windows. I have had the same problem before and this solved the problem.
Busted cable can also cause problems. Also check Windows and 3rd party firewalls
June 7, 2011 1:12:33 PM

Hi, seems to this blog is 2 years ago but You should be put both computers on the same homegroup in order to share documents.