problem with connecting 2 pc via lan cable

By bigbang ยท 9 replies
Jan 21, 2007
  1. so basically i want to connect 2 pc together by using the lan cable to play games by lan.

    so this is what i know. i connect the pc's by the cable. then i set the ip settings.
    ip address pc1 -
    ip address pc2 -

    then the subnet mask is left alone n the default gateway the same for both pc which is (i even tried to change it to some other numbers like but still no success)

    then the preferred n alternate dns server i just leave it blank. so can anyone tell me whats wrong...
  2. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    so what cable are you using?
    direct => crossover cable
    indirect/through a device (hub/switch/router/etc) => normal ethernet cable

    workgroups the same? tried running the Network Wizard?
  3. bigbang

    bigbang TS Rookie Topic Starter

    owhhhhh... so i kinda know whats the problem now. its the cables.. so how can i tell which is crossover and which is not?? they look just the same..

    sorry im new to networking and dont know much.. heh.. thnks for the reply..
  4. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    most of the time the cables are coloured blue for normal ethernet and yellow or red for crossovers. But sometimes you can get different coloured cables so its a bit misleading..

    Check the cable itself, there could be some writing to help you figure out whats what on it.
  5. bigbang

    bigbang TS Rookie Topic Starter

    oh ok coz the cable that i used before was white... so i'll have to get a crossover then.. thnks again n maybe n hopefully i'll not get problems with a crosssover cable =)
  6. jmv56

    jmv56 TS Rookie

    Connect 2 pcs via ethernet cross over cable but....

    it does not work yet....and I get a bit lost in firewall settings, IP settings,DNS....
    Help HElp
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    call them sysA and sysB
    on sysA

    dns empty​
    on sysB

    dns empty​

    the two system will work together BUT HAVE NO INTERNET access,
    as they only see each other (ie the gateway of one points to the other :) )

    firewall settings still need to be set for whatever you're accessing
  8. jmv56

    jmv56 TS Rookie

    more needed!

    Thanks for answer....but the intend is precisely to get to internet with the two PC (the connection to internet is thru USB) while the two PC (I intend!) are connected thru an ethernet cross-over cable...
    Thanks for further advice
  9. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    ICS: Internet connection sharing...

    using 1 pc as the host (meaning the pc has to be on all the time whenever you want to go on the net) then the second connected to that etc.

    in summary: the host pc must have already good connection to the net and properly set up. Run the home network wizard to make it able to share the internet connection. client pcs just need to run the network wizard to connect through the host pc's connection.. however detailed instructions are in the above link (among many more sites available) if you want to read.

    using a router would've been more efficient and practicle but if you have dial up or a modem with no ethernet then i guess its understandable...
  10. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    the ICS solution looks like
    a router solution looks like
    modem---router --- systemA
    you will be much happier with a cheap router!
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