crossover cable question

By mtdewrulz
Aug 22, 2006
  1. hello all. I have two issues...

    First, I need to connect two computers directly together in order to share files and a printer, so I went to Radio Shack to pick one up (it's accross the street and I didn't feel like driving). Now... since it's radio shack and not a real computer store, all they had were 10 foot cables, which aren't long enough. The guy told me that I could just couple two crossover cables together. That doesn't make sense to me... wouldn't two crossover cables connected together make a regular ethernet cable? Shouldn't I connect a regular ethernet cable to a crossover cable in order to make the right connection?

    Second, I am connecting to the internet via a USB wireless adapter... but I don't want to network with the other computers on the wireless network... I just want to network these computers together and share the internet connection through the adapter. Can I do this? How?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,343   +622

    you're right :) you need a special connector to do that however.
    ok, you have
    modem -- access point(?) --wireless-- system-A​
    and want
    system-A -- wired-- system-B​
    use the xover cable between A-B, enable Internet Connection Sharing on A,
    which will force NIC on A to be set the NIC on B to
    mask, gateway

    System-A can define Sharepoints and system-B will find them.
    be sure to read-up on simple file sharing.
  3. mtdewrulz

    mtdewrulz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    First of all, thank you very much for your help and time.

    hmmm... I got a "snap in Cat5 coupler - for cable-to-cable or panel-mount coupling of RJ-45 connectors" at radio shack. What kind do I need?
  4. mtdewrulz

    mtdewrulz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    and to clarify...

    I have...

    system P (my parents computer downstairs) which is connected to the modem and the wireless router. I have a wireless adapter on my computer (system A) and I want to connect it to my other computer (system B) via a cable... so I want to have...

    modem -- system P (parents computer) -- wireless router -- wireless adapter -- system A -- cable -- system B

    ...and I don't want systems A and B to share anything with system P.
  5. joked u 2

    joked u 2 TS Rookie Posts: 128

    i belive this is what you are talking about... but where does th printer go? which system?? or do you want a print server?? please make any corrections to the drawing

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  6. mtdewrulz

    mtdewrulz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    here's a drawing...

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  7. joked u 2

    joked u 2 TS Rookie Posts: 128

    that system should work!! do you know how to set it up?? or have you??
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,343   +622

    Sounds correct :)
  9. mtdewrulz

    mtdewrulz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Apparently I don't know how... one computer seems to be fine... it has a local area connection all set up and enabled... but I can't configure the other computer (the one with the wireless adapter) to see it. I keep trying to create a new network connection but it doesn't work... I go through the whole network wizard thing and when it restarts there is still just the wireless network... no new connection is made.
  10. joked u 2

    joked u 2 TS Rookie Posts: 128

    have you, or did you get a cd from the manf. of the router if so use it and follow the do not, or should not have a hardware problem[configureation wise] it is most likely a system configuration problem, although it could be a bad card. from what you tell me you can't get a wireless connection, the wizzard freezes in setup... update the drivers... reset all configureations on that computer to default... try that, see where it gets you... post and describe your resluts.

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