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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 rawright In reply to Peer to Peer Networking P ...

The message you're getting indicates a bad cable, or loose connection at one or the other NIC. I know it's not supposed to happen, but I've had NICs show a green light on both ends of a dead connection with a bad cable. That's a first indication, but not necessarily the problem.

I would start by installing NetBEUI, Client for Microsoft Networks, the NIC in the Network applet in the Control Panel - I suggest NetBEUI because it requires no configuration. Make sure both PCs are configured with File and Printer Sharing service, too. If you don't see a connection on one or both PCs, this is a good indication of a physical connection problem or a bad NIC. Most NICs come with a diagnostic program, so this should be easy to isolate.

If NetBEUI works, add TCP/IP to both PCs. Configure the XP machine for IP address 192.168.0.1, and the other for 192.168.0.2, both using a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0. Restart them both and check for a good connection by pinging from each to the other.

If that doesn't get you up and running, post a comment with the results you see and I'll check back later.

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by Bazz00 In reply to Peer to Peer Networking P ...

First I would install Netbeui onto both of your network cards and check that file and print services, client for microsoft networks are also installed.

If that does not work then troubleshoot the network cards and the cable. First do a loopback check on each card by going to a command prompt (Start - run - type cmd) type ping 127.0.0.1 in the command line. This will send a ping out and back in through your network adapter (loopback). Check to see if this is correct, if not the card is probably faulty. Next ping the ip address of the card using the syntax ping x.x.x.x where the x's represent your cards ip address. An easy way of finding out the address is to type ipconfig /all at the command prompt. Next try to ping the other machine. This will test the connectivity between the two computers and the state of the cable, if this does not work then swap out the cable. Also check that the cable is indeed a cross-over by comparing the two plugs to each other. The colour coded wires should be in a different sequence to each other.

If you need a complete step by step guide try this website: www.homenethelp.com or go to Microsoft's website and search for peer to peer networking.

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

your problem is likely the cable. When connecting a computer directly to another, you need to use a crossover cable.

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