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Connect laptop to desktop and synchronise files

Discussion in 'Networking' started by busterdog, Dec 13, 2001.

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  1. busterdog

    busterdog Thread Starter

    Nov 17, 1999
    Good evening

    I have a desktop running win 98se and a laptop running win xp pro.
    The desktop has 2 network cards in. One is used to connect to the ntl tv set-top box to access the internet (broadband) and the other is free.
    The laptop has a 10base t card which I use to connect to the network at work.

    Can (with an rj45 cable) I synchronise/downloade & upload files between the two computers and would it be possible to access the net with the laptop through the desktop.

    If any of this is possible, how do I configure things? I have never delved into the realms of this sort of thing before.

    Any help/advice would be appreciated.

    Many thanks
  2. Rockn


    Jul 29, 2001
    You would need a crossover cable between the two computers and it will only work if the desktops NIC is a 10 or a 10/100 NIC. Next you need to configure the network between the two PC's. On both you will need to add the following under Network settings.

    1. Client for MS Networks
    2. A Network protocol (TCP/IP because XP doesn't have NetBUEI any longer). Give each PC a unique IP address something like 128.200.245.something and a subnet mask of
    3. Under services add File and Printer Sharing
    4. Under the identification tab give each PC a unique network name and the same workgroup name.
    5. Once it is done and reboots you will log into the PC. Go into windoze explorer and right click the drive or drives you want to share and select sharing....give yourself full access and no password
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