Conecting a pc and a laptop using crossed cable

Hello Teachers here,

I want to connect my PC and laptop (both having XP service pack 2) for file sharing using a cross connected cable.
Both have ethernet cards. PC has Norton 2003 and Laptop has Norton Interenet security 2006.I am a novice.

1. Pls tell me in detail how to do that.

2. Pls give an example IP, subnet mask for both PCs along with other settings if necessary.

Pls explain in detail. Is pinging enough?

I tried the following but failed

Computer A (PC):

IP 10.1.1.1
Subnet mask 255.255.255.0

Computer B (Laptop) :

IP 10.1.1.2
Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0

I connected them using cross connected CAT 5 cables and tried to ping each other.

Thanks!
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  1. Did you set both computers in the same workgroup?
    Those settings should work. No need for a gateway address unless you have a second nic in one of the computers and want internet.
    Do the network connections show as connected? Do the connection lights blink on the nic?
  2. sturm said:
    Did you set both computers in the same workgroup?
    Those settings should work. No need for a gateway address unless you have a second nic in one of the computers and want internet.
    Do the network connections show as connected? Do the connection lights blink on the nic?



    Hello sturm,

    Thank you very much. I set both the workgroups to be same and now they work well. I have noticed that things dont work when i set the IPs as follows:

    10.1.1.1
    10.1.1.2

    pinging does not work

    But they wotk with these

    192.168.7.7
    192.168.7.8

    pinging works.

    Can you explain me why?

    Thanks gain.
  3. What are the subnets your using for the two different IP addresses?
    192.168.x.x is usually 255.255.255.0
    10.x.x.x will usually be 255.0.0.0 although you can run 255.255.255.0
    It's possible the router just doesn't like using a 10.x.x.x ip addressing.
  4. I think it would be better if you'll use a router or a switch to connect your laptop and PC. IMO, they are not that pricey. But I saw that you already resolved your problem, good for you.
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