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Windows 7 to Windows XP WIRED LAN


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Hey guys, been away for a while bcoz of my studies. So its pretty cool to be back! Of course, I'm still using my Smart Bro connection.

I have one question, how can I establish a WIRED LAN CONNECTION between my desktop that uses Windows 7 and Laptop that utilizes Windows XP? I plan to use this for file sharing between the two. Sure there's youtube and other sites to search for this but i haven't found anything comprehensible..

The connection I want to make is a direct cross-over UTP connection, meaning, no router, hub or other networking devices, just cable connected to the computers NIC, because its for only two platforms.. ^--- is this even possible?  :idiot2:

If so, what are the TCP/IP config will I set?

Sorry to be so technical about my question but i can't think of any other way to state my point..

Hope someone can help!


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You could probably do a direct connection, but for the price of routers now, it's just as easy to use one.  I've seen for port routers for $20 or less, some even come with a patch cord.  If your two machines are close together a couple of 7' or 15' cords at $2 or so will handle it.  The machines will basically set themselves up with the Network Wizard.

I think you still need a crossover cable for direct connections, but some PCs can detect and correct for that.

With a small network, you could add a separate network HDD to do all your storage.

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