Networking help

Discussion in 'Computer Software and Operating Systems' started by Talaria, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. Talaria
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    I thought it would be wise to network our two computers of our house so both could use the same printer and Counter Strike and AOE over lan etc using a crossover cable rather than getting a hub. I know the basics of networking for two computers with crossover cable but i saw the prices for a 10m and 15m cable and was um-ing and ah-ing but then i got briefly talking to a my brothers flatmate about it and he said something about just buy a short crossover cable and connecting the female end to a normal networking cable. But unfortunately he has gone home as it is summer holidays over here. So i was wondering whether this was possible? and what would i need to do this? Sorry if this is a noob question.
     
  2. rhyguy

    rhyguy GBAtemp Maniac

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  3. Talaria
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  4. Fragout

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    A cross-over network cable is just a normal network cable with crossed with the orange and green pair.
    So, according to what you're saying, you intend to do this.
    NIC A(cross-over cable)(normal cable)NIC B
    ^
    but you need a coupling to connect both jack of the cross-over and normal cables at the ^.
     
  5. Talaria
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    Cheers thats exactly what i want to do [​IMG]. Btw what would a coupling be called if i was looking for it in a electronics store.
     
  6. Fragout

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    RJ45 network coupling, I guess?
    Not really sure myself, but you could explain that you're trying to connect 2 RJ45 plugs/connectors together.
     
  7. Talaria
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    Talaria ...

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    Cheers thanks for the help. [​IMG] Grog for everyone [​IMG]
     
  8. Jiggah

    Jiggah GBAtemp Maniac

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    If it's two recent computers, you don't even need a crossover cable anymore, just use a regular networking cable (CAT5e or CAT6). Most modern NICs have the ability to detect what you want and auto set.
     
  9. XT Mercenary

    XT Mercenary Newbie

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    You can get a 20m crossover cable for like £5 online, this can't possible be to expensive !!
     
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