Networking



David Kelsey
07-09-2005, 11:54 PM
I want to network two machines in the same office using XP and XP Pro,
preferably at the lowest cost. Where would be the best place to go for
advice on kit for this please?

David Kelsey

Stewart
07-09-2005, 11:54 PM
If it is purely 2 xp machines you want to communicate with then get yourself
a cross-over cable. this will then let the 2 machines communicate. if you
want a server or network printer involved at a later date, buy a hub and some
cat5 cables.

Stewart.

"David Kelsey" wrote:

> I want to network two machines in the same office using XP and XP Pro,
> preferably at the lowest cost. Where would be the best place to go for
> advice on kit for this please?
>
> David Kelsey
>
>
>

David Kelsey
07-09-2005, 11:54 PM
Thanks Stewart. What about using a USB A-A cable? Does this work well
enough?

David


"Stewart" <Stewart@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:99BA1A6A-97D4-4B8E-B044-77ACB2B8F0E8@microsoft.com...
> If it is purely 2 xp machines you want to communicate with then get
> yourself
> a cross-over cable. this will then let the 2 machines communicate. if
> you
> want a server or network printer involved at a later date, buy a hub and
> some
> cat5 cables.
>
> Stewart.
>
> "David Kelsey" wrote:
>
>> I want to network two machines in the same office using XP and XP Pro,
>> preferably at the lowest cost. Where would be the best place to go for
>> advice on kit for this please?
>>
>> David Kelsey
>>
>>
>>

Stewart
07-09-2005, 11:54 PM
Never done it with USB cables. let me know how it goes if you try it that way.

"David Kelsey" wrote:

> Thanks Stewart. What about using a USB A-A cable? Does this work well
> enough?
>
> David
>
>
> "Stewart" <Stewart@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:99BA1A6A-97D4-4B8E-B044-77ACB2B8F0E8@microsoft.com...
> > If it is purely 2 xp machines you want to communicate with then get
> > yourself
> > a cross-over cable. this will then let the 2 machines communicate. if
> > you
> > want a server or network printer involved at a later date, buy a hub and
> > some
> > cat5 cables.
> >
> > Stewart.
> >
> > "David Kelsey" wrote:
> >
> >> I want to network two machines in the same office using XP and XP Pro,
> >> preferably at the lowest cost. Where would be the best place to go for
> >> advice on kit for this please?
> >>
> >> David Kelsey
> >>
> >>
> >>
>
>
>

Bob I
07-09-2005, 11:54 PM
NO! NOT A-A because both ports are powered, use PC-PC cable instead.


David Kelsey wrote:

> Thanks Stewart. What about using a USB A-A cable? Does this work well
> enough?
>
> David
>
>
> "Stewart" <Stewart@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:99BA1A6A-97D4-4B8E-B044-77ACB2B8F0E8@microsoft.com...
>
>>If it is purely 2 xp machines you want to communicate with then get
>>yourself
>>a cross-over cable. this will then let the 2 machines communicate. if
>>you
>>want a server or network printer involved at a later date, buy a hub and
>>some
>>cat5 cables.
>>
>>Stewart.
>>
>>"David Kelsey" wrote:
>>
>>
>>>I want to network two machines in the same office using XP and XP Pro,
>>>preferably at the lowest cost. Where would be the best place to go for
>>>advice on kit for this please?
>>>
>>>David Kelsey
>>>
>>>
>>>
>
>
>

David Kelsey
07-09-2005, 11:54 PM
Thanks Bob - I'm glad I asked. Do the PC_PC cables have fewer connections?

David


"Bob I" <birelan@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> NO! NOT A-A because both ports are powered, use PC-PC cable instead.
>
>
> David Kelsey wrote:
>
>> Thanks Stewart. What about using a USB A-A cable? Does this work well
>> enough?
>>
>> David
>>
>>
>> "Stewart" <Stewart@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:99BA1A6A-97D4-4B8E-B044-77ACB2B8F0E8@microsoft.com...
>>
>>>If it is purely 2 xp machines you want to communicate with then get
>>>yourself
>>>a cross-over cable. this will then let the 2 machines communicate. if
>>>you
>>>want a server or network printer involved at a later date, buy a hub and
>>>some
>>>cat5 cables.
>>>
>>>Stewart.
>>>
>>>"David Kelsey" wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>>I want to network two machines in the same office using XP and XP Pro,
>>>>preferably at the lowest cost. Where would be the best place to go for
>>>>advice on kit for this please?
>>>>
>>>>David Kelsey
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>
>>
>>
>

Bob I
07-09-2005, 11:54 PM
I haven't researched it but suspect that the power supply
wire/connection is unused to prevent "cross connecting" power supplies.
There may be more differences but would have to look up the cabling
specs to know.

David Kelsey wrote:

> Thanks Bob - I'm glad I asked. Do the PC_PC cables have fewer connections?
>
> David
>
>
> "Bob I" <birelan@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:OOQxgCsZFHA.2796@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>
>>NO! NOT A-A because both ports are powered, use PC-PC cable instead.
>>
>>
>>David Kelsey wrote:
>>
>>
>>>Thanks Stewart. What about using a USB A-A cable? Does this work well
>>>enough?
>>>
>>>David
>>>
>>>
>>>"Stewart" <Stewart@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>>>news:99BA1A6A-97D4-4B8E-B044-77ACB2B8F0E8@microsoft.com...
>>>
>>>
>>>>If it is purely 2 xp machines you want to communicate with then get
>>>>yourself
>>>>a cross-over cable. this will then let the 2 machines communicate. if
>>>>you
>>>>want a server or network printer involved at a later date, buy a hub and
>>>>some
>>>>cat5 cables.
>>>>
>>>>Stewart.
>>>>
>>>>"David Kelsey" wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>I want to network two machines in the same office using XP and XP Pro,
>>>>>preferably at the lowest cost. Where would be the best place to go for
>>>>>advice on kit for this please?
>>>>>
>>>>>David Kelsey
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>
>

Ken Blake
07-09-2005, 11:55 PM
In news:O0ONRVqZFHA.2788@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl,
David Kelsey <davidkelseyNO@SPAMmetronet.co.uk> typed:

> I want to network two machines in the same office using XP and
> XP Pro,
> preferably at the lowest cost. Where would be the best place
> to go
> for advice on kit for this please?


Right here is fine. You need a NIC (network interface card) for
each computer, if they don't already have them, and a length of
crossover cable to reach between them.

Total cost should be around US $25--$10 for each NIC and around
$5 for the cable. All the software you need is included as part
of Windows XP.

--
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David Kelsey
07-09-2005, 11:55 PM
Thanks Ken. Does this mean you don't favour using USB to link the computers
with just a cable? I only plan to use it for file transfers, as the
peripherals can run from one or the other, not necessarily from both.

David


"Ken Blake" <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote in message
news:uiKJQTuZFHA.2128@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> In news:O0ONRVqZFHA.2788@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl,
> David Kelsey <davidkelseyNO@SPAMmetronet.co.uk> typed:
>
>> I want to network two machines in the same office using XP and XP Pro,
>> preferably at the lowest cost. Where would be the best place to go
>> for advice on kit for this please?
>
>
> Right here is fine. You need a NIC (network interface card) for each
> computer, if they don't already have them, and a length of crossover cable
> to reach between them.
>
> Total cost should be around US $25--$10 for each NIC and around $5 for the
> cable. All the software you need is included as part of Windows XP.
>
> --
> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
> Please reply to the newsgroup
>

Ken Blake
07-09-2005, 11:55 PM
In news:ujsGYEvZFHA.3320@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl,
David Kelsey <davidkelseyNO@SPAMmetronet.co.uk> typed:

> Thanks Ken. Does this mean you don't favour using USB to link
> the
> computers with just a cable? I only plan to use it for file
> transfers, as the peripherals can run from one or the other,
> not
> necessarily from both.


You're welcome, David. I know very little about using USB in this
way, and I'd prefer not to comment. Let others who know more
address your question.

--
Ken Blake
Please reply to the newsgroup



> "Ken Blake" <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote in message
> news:uiKJQTuZFHA.2128@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>> In news:O0ONRVqZFHA.2788@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl,
>> David Kelsey <davidkelseyNO@SPAMmetronet.co.uk> typed:
>>
>>> I want to network two machines in the same office using XP
>>> and XP
>>> Pro, preferably at the lowest cost. Where would be the best
>>> place
>>> to go for advice on kit for this please?
>>
>>
>> Right here is fine. You need a NIC (network interface card)
>> for each
>> computer, if they don't already have them, and a length of
>> crossover
>> cable to reach between them.
>>
>> Total cost should be around US $25--$10 for each NIC and
>> around $5
>> for the cable. All the software you need is included as part
>> of
>> Windows XP. --
>> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
>> Please reply to the newsgroup

guestfromhell
07-09-2005, 11:55 PM
just to clarify the original post. make sure each machine has a NIC in
it, then purchase a 'Crossover Cat 5 cable'. Then u may need to set the
IP address for each machine manually in Start/Settings/Control Panel/
Network Connections/ Local Area Connection 1. Make sure you have
TCP/IP loaded, (you may have to Add/Protocol)then in the Properties of
TCP/IP set the IP address to 192.168.01 in one and 192.168.0.2 in the
other, and a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 in both.

Cross fingers, rebot alternately a coupla times and they should
connect. And make sure youve got file sharing enabled and the drives
shared.


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yorocco32
07-09-2005, 11:55 PM
Hi I'm new to this forum. How do i post? I'm having a hardtime
connecting my 2 computers. Is there a normal issue if 1 computer is XP
home & 1 is 2000? My desktop is running ms2000 it can not ping my
laptop running xp home. Both can get on the net fine. Dlink said its a
sharing or software issue. Any suggestions?


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