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Bridging a connection


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charubin

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I don't really know how to explain what I want to do, so I will simple use a picture.

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Computers #1 and #2 are windows xp

I have all the cables hooked up as so, but it says that for computer #2 there is "A network cable is unplugged."
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What you are trying to do will require a router such as this one: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16833124010.
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actually...you can do this without a router (it would be better to do it with a router)...but y ou can set up internet connection sharing on "computer#1" once you get it connected to the modem...that will bridge the nics for you and basically turn that machine into a router...this would require a crossover cable betwen PC1 and PC2 though...not a standard ethernet cable
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Ok, I have a bunch of cables at my house. How do I know if it is an ethernet cable or a crossover cable?


Nevermind. I googled and found the answer to my question.

Edited by charubin, 08 August 2007 - 02:26 PM.

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Check out the diagram.

If both ends are wired the same then its a regualar straight through cable, so A to A or B to B. If one is different than the other A to B then its a cross over cable. Under normal circumstances not many people have a crossover cable laying around.

But check out the diagram and look at the ends of the cables, that should tell you.
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charubin

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Ok, say I just bought a crossover adapter, would that work in place of a crossover cable?
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yes, it just turns a regular cable into a crossover cable, so it should work fine. You might have some fun with your firewalls on each computer trying to allow everything, though, depending on what firewall program you are using.

EDIT: I just wanted to say this - I like your picture!

Edited by ruthandtroy, 10 August 2007 - 12:15 AM.

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charubin

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Ok, I want to keep this thread going because as soon as I get my crossover cable that I bought on eBay, I may need some troubleshooting help.

Also, does anyone have any idea how this happened?

I used to download at about 35/kbs on a good day. Now, I download anywhere from 70 to 90/kbs. Also, I've never been able to click start on a youtube video and watch it without the need for it to pause in order to download more of the video. Now, I can just click start and watch the entire video without it having to stop. Hey, I'm not complaining, but can anyone explain it?
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That's interesting, it sounds like your ISP has given you a free upgrade? Maybe you should call them and find out. Either that, or something happened recently in your area which freed you up to download at the better speed...

I wouldn't be complaining either! :whistling:
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charubin

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Ok, use the same image as before, but the green cable is the crossover cable. In my network connections, it says a network cable is unplugged and won't give any connection to the 2nd computer.
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Go to the command prompt on each computer and type "ipconfig /all" and post the results.
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Ok, I went and un plugged everything out then back in and now it works so I obviously didn't plug something correctly. Thanks for everyone's help and.... BYAHH!!!!
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Well done! Thanks for letting us know it all works good now. Good troubleshooting :whistling:
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