Network pc to pc not on the internet

By candofaucher ·
We had a pc stolen just recently. It was acting as the host for another pc in the same office. They are not through a router they are directly connected by a cable. When this was set up it was manually configured and now I am having major problems trying to get the new pc to communicate. Both run windows xp. Can I tell this computer to obtain its own or do I have to keep trying IP #'s?

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by scott_heath In reply to Network pc to pc not on t ...

So the office only has two PCs and they were connected directly though the network cards by a CAT5 cable instead of a $30 switch? I'm almost tempted to mail you one. I've got plenty. In any case it is possible. If the cable got stolen you need to go buy a Cross-over CAT5 cable. The Cross-over part is very important. Look at the IP on the PC you still have. Add 1 to the last number. Use that IP on the other PC and set everything else the same. Now you should be OK.

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Thanks Scott

by candofaucher In reply to Wow...

I was just checking into the cable situation when I ran accross your helpful hint. My first question is Switch? How what where?
I just realized I have a T568 A cat5 cable.
I am guessing this is the problem. I will try it and let you know Thanks.

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by scott_heath In reply to Thanks Scott

A network switch is a simple device that allows communication between several PCs at the same time. This enables you to use 4,8, 32 etc PC's together and share data/devices. Using the Cross-Over cable solution you can only ever have 2 PCs communicating with each other. Most homes or small businesses use a router that connects to a cable/dsl modem for internet access. A router is a little like a switch, but it has the ability to transmit your data to a network that the PC itself is not a part of. For instance, your PC's address is and you want to get to, which is When the packet of data reaches the router it knows that is not on the local network and that it needs to route the packet to the external network (internet). Routers almost always provide a firewall as well. A firewall keeps unwanted network traffic off of your network.

If you continue to have problem with the cross-over cable you could buy something like this:

It's cheap and you just plug a cable from each computer into the switch and then configure the computers for the same network. PC1 can be, PC 2 can be, make the subnet mask for both and leave the gateway blank.

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