Wednesday, 12 March 2014

How to connect two computers through Crossover cable

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Nowadays most of the organisation wants to share information between the computers. There are so many technologies for sharing or transferring of files between the computers through wired as well as wireless technology. Here we are talking about how two computers can be connected through the “Crossover Cable” for the sharing the networks or file transferring between them. Basically in this technology we need only one crossover cable which is connected between the system and we have to match the IP address of the system which wants to share their networks. But this connection is not too much easy as you think. If you are connecting it first time than it is very difficult to connect two computers through crossover cable. So here I am providing the step by step procedure for connecting two computers through Crossover Cable for the different operating system like Windows XP and Windows 7, 8.

What we need for connecting computers

We need only one crossover cable and the system with the Ethernet port for connecting crossover cable. If you system doesn’t support Ethernet port than LAN port is used for connecting the crossover cable. And in case the system doesn’t support LAN port than you can also use LAN to USB port converter.

Connecting two computer using Crossover Cable

Here we are giving the step by step procedure for connecting two computers which operates on the Windows operating system via “Crossover Cable”.

Step 1
Connect the Crossover Cable between the two systems whom you want to share networks or transfer the files between them.

Step 2
On one computer, click on the start button, select the control panel and click on the Network and Internet icon and select the Network and Sharing Center. You can also follow this path Start >> Control Panel >> Network and Internet >> Network and Sharing Center.

Step 3
After selecting the Network and Sharing center, on the top of the next tab you’ll see either Undefined Network or Multiple Networks (in case if you have more than one networks). Now select it by double clicking on it.

Step 4
After selecting networks in previous step you will see message on the nest tab like “Network discovering and file sharing are turned off”. Now click on bar displaying this message and turn the network discovering and file sharing and if you are prompted for the administrator permission than type the password or confirmation.

Step 5
Also select in network discovery and file discovering tab one of the following option:

• No, make the network that I am connected to a private network.
• Yes. Turn on network discovery and file sharing for all public networks.
The first one option is better choice because it only affects the networks that you are connected to.

Step 6
Configuring IP addresses, in the same tab you have to go to TCP/IP and enter the IP address, subnet mask and default gateway.

IP Address: 198.168.0.1
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: empty

Step 6
Similar steps are performed on the second system and changes the IP address to 198.168.0.2 while remaining are same.

Step 7
Now you can share the file or networks between two systems. The file you have to share just right click on it and click on Share and allows sharing.

Things to remember when connecting computers via Crossover Cable

Firstly check the crossover cable, pins 1, 3, 2 and 6 of the cable are crossed as shown in the figure.
Name of the both computer must be same otherwise connection may be not done.
Disable the firewalls. You can disable it by following this path Start >> Control Panel >> Firewall >> OFF.

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