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Laptop to PC wont connect via Ethernet unless I use a router Why?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by eddiedavies, Nov 26, 2008.

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  1. eddiedavies

    eddiedavies Thread Starter

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    Hi

    Can anyone give me some advice please?

    I have a problem with my Ethernet card on my vista advent laptop, for some reason it will connect to another desktop PC with win XP on when I connect through a router, but when I try to connect them up directly with out going through the router it will not even give any lights on the rear of my desktop Ethernet port, the laptop doesn’t have any lights on its Ethernet port.

    Is there a setting on my laptop or in vista that needs to be changed, I don’t want to use the router all the time I want to connect direct via the Ethernet cable from pc to laptop. The router is for something else I just wanted to try it as I was having no joy at all connecting the two?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    You need an Ethernet crossover cable, not the plain patch cable that I suspect you're using.
     
  3. eddiedavies

    eddiedavies Thread Starter

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    thanks JohnWill, I had no idea. I will buy one of those cables and try again.
     
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