View Full Version : Connecting two computers via a cross cable
12-31-03, 03:20 PM
Ok, I got a cross cable, I connected my two laptops. They both, after a bit of time, find themselves with active network connections. Each of them have different IPs. Neither of them can connect to the other via their ip or network id through internet explorer, nor can one ping the other. They do, howerever, see each others different workgroup names (one is my father's laptop from his work, and he can't change any settings on it)
Is there a way to transfer files between them?
12-31-03, 03:51 PM
You have to make sure the ip's are in the same range
10.0.0.1 and 10.0.0.2 for example. Same first three groups with the last group different numbers 1 to 255
they both should be on the same subnet usually 255.255.255.0
As long as you turn on file shareing you should be good to go
Seeing how you cannot change you fathers settings just copy them all down and use the same settings on the other pc with the last group in the ip's being different numbers!
12-31-03, 04:04 PM
You can also use the infrared connection if they both have it. Another option is an USB HD, be it the plugin type with 128 megs of ram or an actual external HD. These would be things to consider if you aren't familiar with the TCP/IP settings on your PC. My initial guess is that his fathers laptop requires DHCP to aquire an IP address. You can get a DHCP client to time out and use a private IP address.
If you can see his workgroup attached to your PC then you are seeing his laptop. Windows will allow sharing from two PC's that aren't on the same IP subnet. My guess is that you simply have to allow the file folders to share the contents and copy/paste them over. IE: right click the folder and select share, this varies from OS but should get you moving in the right direction.
12-31-03, 04:53 PM
I'm in windows xp pro on both machines. I've shared the files. I've gotten them on the same subnet and changed the ip address on mine to make it match his minus the last number. They still aren't on the same work group, so they still can't see each other.
He is on a domain rather then a work group so I can't get in there.
How do I go about accessing the files?
12-31-03, 10:24 PM
the one on the domain SHOULD be able to see the one on the workgroup with 0 problems... workgroup PC will always have problems seeing the one on the domain (just the way it works, domains are MUCH more secure)
also make sure no firewalls are in effect Veteran Kakarat Doomstalker
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12-31-03, 11:01 PM
Make sure they both are in the same workgroup. Next, make sure your permissions are correct. Make a practice directory and screw with the permissions. Try giving access to Everyone (I would not keep that on) or create a user group on both computers with the same name/password.
01-01-04, 10:02 AM
The biggest issue is, he can not modify any settings in his fathers PC. He can't add the workgroup to his dad's laptop and he may not be able to modify his directory attrib's. He may have to find a different route than a x-over cable, as would be my guess. Look into the IR port or USB drive.