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Crossover cables

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by law123, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. law123

    law123 Byte Poster

    I am wondering can a crossover cable be used for connecting 2 computers to the internet. By using 2 NIC cards in 1 and 1 NIC card in the other. The one with 2 cards one card connected to a cable modem the other using the cross over cable connecting to the other computer. I have heard conflicting comments on this. My local P.C. shop gave me the idea and I have also seen something about it in Mike Myers A+ book. But a friend of mine who runs a small business doing repairs says no it is not possible. Has anyone tried this or have they got any info.
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  2. Phoenix
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    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

    well yes it can, but for the configuration hassles it might cause (routing or Internet connection sharing), a 20quid 5 port switch or an even cheaper hub would be better i think
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  3. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

    What Phoenix said it can be done, think tried it once but it is much easier to plug everything into a router. At least then you don't have to have both machines on to access the internet :biggrin
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  4. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    I agree with Phoenix. If we are just talking about two computers, a cheap hub is the easiest thing to use. Since switch prices have come down quite a bit, not to many places use hubs anymore so you should be able to pick one up for cheap.
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