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By quietchaos ·
Hello, I'm looking to make a small home network with only two computers. This will be used for file sharing/multiplayer gaming. What i'm looking to do is a create a peer-to-peer network just by connecting two NIC cards together. I find it to be a much more cost effective solution than buying a hub. My host machine will be a Win. XP box and my client will be a Win98 box. I've gotten a crossover line to connect the two computers together. However, i connect the two computers and my Win XP box comes up with the following status for my LAN connection: "Network Cable Unplugged." I assigned them respective static IP addresses and changed any settings needed to get the network up and running but i can't get passed step one, which is a working connection. Is there some reason that my peer to peer connection is not being detected and/or is faulty? Do i need a hub to make this networking solution? Please give me any tips or solutions possible, I would like to get this network up and running asap.

Thank you.

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by Chris Willhoite In reply to Peer to Peer Networking P ...

The first thing I would try is replaceing the cable. It sounds like either the cable or the nic is faulty.

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by Alan Tan In reply to Peer to Peer Networking P ...

If the cable is good:
Have you turned both computer on?
Win XP rely on nic port pin voltage differece to detect cable connection. If you did not turn the other computer on, XP will not know the cable is connected.

The other thing is:
your 2 network cards may be configured differently. i.e. your XP is configured as Full Duplex (which uses 8 wires), but your 98 is configured as Half Duplex(which uses only 4 wires).
Check them.

Regards

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by VinnyD In reply to Peer to Peer Networking P ...

To hook two computers directly together with a network cable you have to use a "Cross Over" Cable.

You do not need a hub. A "Cross Over" cable is normally used to connect 2 hubs together but you can use it to connect two computers.

I use one myself for transferring files to my notebook computer from my desktop. It's a lot faster at 100 base-T then a serial or parallel port laplink.

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by MrDLeigh In reply to Peer to Peer Networking P ...

I do the very thing you're looking to do. Here's what worked for me:

1. Yes, the cable must be a "cross-over" cable, not a normal LAN cable and it goes NIC to NIC.

2. My XP box is XP Home Edition on a laptop. To make it work so that my 98 machine could actually get to my XP box, I HAD to create a user on the 98 box that matched a user on the XP box via Control Panel/Users. My one and only user on the XP box is "David", with no password. On the 98 box, I created a user called "David".When I boot up on the 98 box, I get the Microsoft networking login with "David" as the user and no password...just click "OK".

Unfortunately, I can't just share my XP C drive. I can give it sharing but certain folders have to be shared specifically and then my 98 box can see them.

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by prashanthp In reply to Peer to Peer Networking P ...

I think if you enable netbios on both computers, it should work for you. Because once we had a same problem with 2 win 98 computers connected peer to peer. I'am not sure just check it out. Check with same workgroups etc...

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