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PC to PC connection

Discussion in 'Networking' started by secondarrow, Apr 9, 2004.

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  1. secondarrow

    secondarrow Thread Starter

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    I'm trying to set up a PC to PC connection using crossover cable from my desktop to my laptopin order to back up between computers.
    I tried using Window's Network Setup Wizard without success.
    Would anybody please give me a guideline?
    Greatly Appreciated
     
  2. skinnywhiteboy

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    Make sure both computers have the same workgroup name and are on the same subnet.
     
  3. Bob Cerelli

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    The basics for troubleshooting are:

    1. Make sure you have the same IP scheme (e.g. 192.168.0.x).

    2. Make sure you have the same Subnet Mask, Gateway, and DNS IP addresses.

    3. Make sure you can ping the other computer's IP address. If this fails, make sure you turn of XP's firewall.

    4. Make sure you can ping the other computers by name.

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

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

    7. 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.

    8. More details about how to network XP can be found at:
    http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/xp_network.htm

    9. More details about how to troubleshoot TCP/IP networkcs can be found at:
    http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/trouble.htm


    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.
     
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