Introduction: The Simplest Way to Connect 2 Computers in a LAN

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The challenge is to give the simplest way to connect 2 computers, with similar operative systems (can be windows, Linux, Mac, whatever...), in a LAN (Local Area Network).


Requirements:

2 computers with similar OS;
UTP patch/crossover cable;
At least two RJ45 terminals;
RJ45 crimping tool;




Step 1: Step 1

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Take the UTP cable and strip the ends.
You will have 4 pairs of twisted wire. The right sequence to crimp them in the plug:

 -> On one of the sides will be:
 - Orange/White/Orange; - Green/White/Blue; - Blue/White/Green; - Brown/White/Brown;

-> On the oposite side will be:
- Green/White/Green; - Orange/White/Blue; - Blue/White/Orange; - Brown/White/Brown;

You have just made a crossover cable.

Step 2: Step 2

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You now plug the cable in each computer, make sure they are both on;

Acess your network proprieties and select the Local Area Conection (LAN).

You now have 2 choices:

With or without ISC (Internet shared connection)

We will now show both options considering the use of a Windows Vista Operative Sistem.




Step 3: Without ISC

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On one of the computers do the following:

1 - Open Network and Sharing Center by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, and then clicking Network and Sharing Center.

2 - In the network map at the top of Network and Sharing Center, double-click the Unidentified network‍ icon. (If you have more than one network, this icon will be labeled Multiple networks.)

3 - If network discovery and file sharing are turned off, in Network, click the Information bar containing the following message:
"Network discovery and file sharing are turned off. Network computers and devices are not visible. Click to change...,"

and then click Turn on network discovery and file sharing. 
Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

4 - In the Network discovery and file sharing dialog box, select one of the following options:

No, make the network that I am connected to a private network
(or)
Yes, turn on network discovery and file sharing for all public networks


The first option is usually the best choice because it only affects the network that you are connected to.



Right now you just have to share foldres on your network: That is an all new tuturial.... 


Step 4: With ISC

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On one of the computers, do the following:

1 - Open Network and Sharing Center by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, and then clicking Network and Sharing Center.

2 - In the network map at the top of Network and Sharing Center, double-click the Unidentified network‍ icon. (If you have more than one network, this icon will be labeled Multiple networks.)

3 - If network discovery and file sharing are turned off, in Network, click the Information bar containing the following message:

"Network discovery and file sharing are turned off. Network computers and devices are not visible. Click to change...,"

And then click Turn on network discovery and file sharing.
Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

4 - In the Network discovery and file sharing dialog box, select one of the following options:

No, make the network that I am connected to a private network
(or)
Yes, turn on network discovery and file sharing for all public networks

Note: The first option is usually the best choice because it only affects the network that you are connected to.



Right now you just have to share foldres on your network: That is another new tuturial....

Comments

excessnet (author)2013-09-17

The crossover might not be needed for most recent computer (or recent network cable), as they have Auto MDIX. They will switch the RX/TX by themself with a straight cable (same for switch)