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Cable modem to Lynksys Router to 2 pcs - how?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by mturner, Feb 3, 2005.

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  1. mturner

    mturner Thread Starter

    Feb 3, 2005
    I have 2 pcs hardwired to a Linksys router that is connected to a cable modem. Both pcs get to the Ineternet fine. All I want to do is transfer files between the two computers and still be able to connect to the Internet via the cable modem from both pcs. I have a crossover cable, but not sure why I would need it if I'm connected to the router. I have zero knowledge of setting up networks.
  2. Bob Cerelli

    Bob Cerelli

    Nov 2, 2002
    If both computers are successfully connecting to the Internet through the router, you do not need the crossover cable.

    Make sure you can ping the other computer's IP address. If this fails, just for testing, make sure you turn off XP's as well as any other firewall.

    Make sure you can ping the other computers by name.

    Make sure you have the same workgroup name (watch for trailing spaces)

    For troubleshooting purposes, turn off XP's and completely uninstall any other firewall software. You can always add more complexity after you get it working.

    With XP, make sure you have the same username and password as the person logging onto the other computers. The default setting for XP Pro is to require a password for network access.

    More details about how to network XP can be found at:

    There continues to be a lot of misinformation about needing NetBEUI or to changing the NetBIOS setting. You can ignore both. Installing NetBEUI to solve a networking problem will just mask a some underlying and potentially important misconfiguration with TCP/IP. The default NetBIOS setting works fine so there is no need to change that either. Just don't disable it.
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