drag0nhead
1 Copper

computer to computer using crossover cable under xp

I think I am in the right forum. I  have a hard wired network (LAN) in my home where I was running 98se and ICS to access the internet. Recently we purchased 2 inspiron 1501 running XP with the Broadcom 440x 10/100 integrated controller. Before I hook these up to my hard wired network, I would like to see them talk to each other over a crossover cable. Once this is done then its time to put them on with my hard wired LAN and ICS. To put one thing to rest, I use the cable all the time with my other computers. Due to security reasons, at this time I am not interested in using WiFi but will later. I need a step by step guide to do this with the comuter to computer and crossover cable. I have searched most of Dells stuff that is available to me (that I know of) and predomintely I find wireless LAN. To make it simple, I am confused and frustrated. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Once that is set up, it is my intent to do the wireless LAN
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jmwills
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Re: computer to computer using crossover cable under xp

I am going to assume you have some sort of broadband internet access already so we can cut to the chase.  The notion of using ICS in order to be "more secure" is just a folly inthis case.  You can hardwire both machines to a router (wired or wireless) and bypass  all of the configuration headcahes that are going to come your way by using that method.
You have two modern machines, why use horse and buggy techniques.  Even by going wireless, you can be alomst as safe as going wired, not quite, but almost as much.
As far as the how to the link below will descrive a typical wired LAN configuration:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/maintain/troubleshoot.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/setup/default.mspx
http://www.pcworld.com/video/id,368-page,1-bid,0/video.html
http://www.practicallynetworked.com/howto/
http://www.theeldergeek.com/quick_guide_to_simple_file_sharing.htm
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/default.mspx
http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Security.html
http://joelshoemaker.com/computer/mac/wxpfs.html

On any computer running Windows XP with SP1, disable the Windows XP firewall. It will not allow File and Printer Sharing. On computers running Windows XP with SP2, make sure that the Windows XP firewall has File and Printer Sharing checked off on the Exceptions tab. If you are running any third party firewalls, like those provided by such programs as Zone Alarm, Norton Internet Security, or McAfee Security Suite, make sure they are configured to allow local network traffic
 
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drag0nhead
1 Copper

Re: computer to computer using crossover cable under xp

Ouch , guess I left that out. I was very intent on getting the rest of it out and my main point was computer to computer with a crossover cable. Here is the problem with broadband, it does not exist where I am. If I lived 1 1/2 mile closer to town I would have access. I am limited to my 56 modem. At this point satcom is out of the question as well. I also read the blurb on the broadcom 440x 10/100 on the Dell site and followed the directions although from what I could determine the driver and suite were already installed. However, you have given me some leads to check out. thank you
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drag0nhead
1 Copper

Re: computer to computer using crossover cable under xp

hello again. after going to the places that you suggested, contacting tech support both online and by phone, googling the subject one the web, etc. I was coming to the conclusion that I was the only person interested in doing such a thing. As a former MSCE I did not feel that I have been the only one to have this problem However I found how to search the forums and discovered that quite a bit had been written about the same problem by other dell users and one tech in Texas who seems to know more than the rest that I found. I found that quite a bit had been written in Tech Talk\Dimension\general hardware. The tech got me to a place that was familiar to me and it goes on from there. If he gets any credit his name is Dave. Now to see if I can get this thing going. Thank you for your time and consideration.
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