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How to network/connect two Computer without a router or switch

Today I will show you how to network two computers directly together with just a network cable without a router, network switch or hub.

Step:1  At first you need a crossover network cable. If you need to make one, and have the ends and cable, use the Gigabit T568B crossover pinout below for maximum speed and compatibility. You can find tutorial on exactly how to make the cable if you've never made one before.


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Step:2   In Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 on PC number 1, click "Start", then type "NCPA.CPL" in the search box  and hit enter. Right-click "Local Area Connection", then left-click the "Properties" button. In the "This connection uses..." box, click "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" then click the "Properties" button. 

Step:3   Tick the "Use the following IP address" radio button and fill in the IP address and Subnet Mask as show. The rest of the boxes on the page can be left blank. Click the "OK" button, then the "OK" or "Close" button, then close the Network Connections page.

Step:4   Repeat steps 2 and 3 on PC number 2, except use 198.162.001.002 for the IP address on the TCP/IPv4 properties page.

That's it! Each PC should now be able to see the other by using the "Network" menu from the Start menu in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, "My Network Places" in Windows XP, or by connecting by using the in-game browse for your favorite multi-player local LAN-based game.If you have any question then ask freely.

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