connecting a Mac and a PC with ethernet cable

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McCloud

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I was trying to directly connect a Macbook and a PC with a standard ethernet cable.. without a router.
Set the IP ad subnet mask on the PC to

192.168.1.1
255.255.255.0

and on the Mac
192.168.1.2
255.255.255.0

all basic stuff.

I was able to ping the Mac from the PC, however not the other way round

So when I tried to "connect to a server" from the Mac, it didn't work.

Am I doing something wrong here ?
I was connected like this before and it was working... not sure what's going on.
 

DaveA

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I know with a Windows to Windows one must use a "Crossover" cable NOT the standard Cat5 type.
 

TerryNet

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That's pretty old knowledge, David. :) Almost all ethernet adapters made in the last decade (or longer) have been auto-sensing, meaning that crossover cables are not needed.

My top suspect is that you have a firewall on the PC blocking (or not responding to) pings.
 

McCloud

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ah, good point. I remember something like this from my networking classes too lol.

The funny thing is, I already had it working couple months back.

I have now tried the same cable as before and still no luck.

I was able to get a ping both ways, but then I realized I had the wifi turned on as well on the Mac.. and I was pinging the network router, which had also the 192.168.1.1 IP..
 

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If you have a router using LAN IP subnet 192.168.1.x I advise to use a different subnet for your other LAN to avoid confusion. I find that 10.0.0.x IPs are easy to type. :)
 
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