Computer Network/Ethernet Question

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Found 17th Jul 2010
I know this is probably a silly question, but if you connect two computers using an ethernet cable, will they find each other on a "local network"? At home, me and my brother both have computers but no internet connection and we want to play local network games on Football Manager!

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you'd probably need to tinker with some settings. google/youtube is your friend

No they won't. You can't use a regular Ethernet cable to connect directly to two pc's. A better way would be to stick a router inbetween them, this would then give out a unique ip address to each of them on the network.

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First thing I did, but the instructions confused me a little:

Ethernet - Of the above choices, the Ethernet method is preferred as it … Ethernet - Of the above choices, the Ethernet method is preferred as it supports a reliable, high-speed connection with minimal configuration required. Additionally, Ethernet technology offers the most general-purpose solution, allowing networks with more than two computers to be built fairly easily later. If one of your computers possesses an Ethernet adapter but the other has USB, an Ethernet crossover cable can still be used by first plugging a USB-to-Ethernet converter unit into the computer's USB port.



Do I have an ethernet adapter (or does this just mean an ethernet port?!) and is a crossover cable the same as just a normal ethernet cable?

you can use a cross over cable, looks like the an ethernet cable but the crimping is different.

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saayinla

you can use a cross over cable, looks like the an ethernet cable but the … you can use a cross over cable, looks like the an ethernet cable but the crimping is different.



Thanks, I'll look for one to buy on the web then. I googled it and this came up, had me terrified!

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Babbabooey

No they won't. You can't use a regular Ethernet cable to connect directly … No they won't. You can't use a regular Ethernet cable to connect directly to two pc's. A better way would be to stick a router inbetween them, this would then give out a unique ip address to each of them on the network.



We dont have a router. Would it be cheaper to buy one than a crossover cable, do you think?

It would be cheaper to get a cross over cable, but it would be so much easier to get a cheap ass router, as it wouldn't involve any messing about with config etc

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Would there be any difference in performance (in terms of speed/stability)? In the reviews for this crossover cable it suggests its plug and play - can anyone confirm this before I buy? Would be ideal if so!

You don't necessarily need to use a xover cable if the PCs are fairly new. An ordinary network cable can be used and the NICs will autonegotiate. You can then reference each PC via its IP address. You can transfer data at the maximum speed of the slowest NIC, which will probably be 100Mbps.

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Well, my brothers PC is 2~ years old (Vista) and mine is less than 6 months old (W7). I dont mind spending £3 on the crossover cable if it will be easier and autoconfigure - any idea if it will though?

Thanks btw guys - does "liking" a post do the same as rep nowadays?

If they're both less than 2 years old, you'll be fine with a normal cable and its not difficult to do.

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thank you, i'll give it a try when im home tonight then and report back
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