Networking through crossover cable

By malconsci · 4 replies
Jul 22, 2010
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  1. I have tried connecting two computers using a crossover cable, after setting up the necessary configurations and plugging in the crossover cable on both computers a notification appeared on PC1 saying that it’s acquiring network address while PC2 has no response. Then after few seconds PC1 stops acquiring network address and has changed it’s status to limited or no connectivity, still PC2 has no response at all.

    Please help me with this problem.

    Thank you
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    How exactly did you set things up? What were the steps?

    What I normally do is connect the two PC's and then set their IPs to something like and You won't have anything for DNS or Gateway.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    If you are attempting this setup
    requires system#1 to enable Internet Connection Sharing (ICS).
    If your router is at, then you'll have to change that to something like
    as ICS will demand to have that address for itself on #1 and system#2 will get
  4. malconsci

    malconsci TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i used the network set up wizard to create small network.i used WORKGROUP as workgroup name for both of computers.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    Using the ICS setup, system#1 will enable routing and pass the DNS settings to system#2.
    Without it, even with a manual setup on system#2, system#1 will not route traffic to system#2.

    The much better setup is with a router
    modem--router--- both systems #1 & #2

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