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How to connect two Windows computers using crossover cable

Updated on February 9, 2015

How to connect two windows computers

Crossover cable

An Ethernet crossover cable is a type of Ethernet cable used to connect computing devices together directly.

To connect two computers using a crossover cable lets follow few simple steps as mentioned below.

1. Make sure that you have network ports, free on both computers. If they are occupied and you use them for connecting to Internet or some network, perform a backup of corresponding network connection settings. Otherwise you will not be able to restore the connection after the migration.

To do that in Windows Vista, follow this article until step 3:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/change-tcp-ip-settings

On step 3 choose Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.

To do that in Windows 7, follow this article:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Change-TCP-IP-settings


2. Connect a crossover cable to both computers’ network cards.

3. Configure each computer’s network connection properties in the following way:

Computer A:
IP Address: 10.1.1.5
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway:
DNS Servers:

Computer B:
IP Address: 10.1.1.8
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway:
DNS Servers:

Since computers are directly connected, no gateway and DNS servers are needed.

To do that in Windows Vista, follow this article:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/change-tcp-ip-settings

To do that in Windows 7, follow this article:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Change-TCP-IP-settings


4. Test the connection from both sides:

On Computer An open command prompt

To Open a command prompt in Windows XP

Click on Start -> click on run -> type cmd -> pres enter ---> a black window will appear that's command prompt

To do that in Windows 7

Click on Start -> type cmd in the search -> press enter

Once the Command prompt is open type the following command:

ping -n 3 10.1.1.8


If you see output like

> ping -n 3 10.1.1.8

Packets: Sent = 3, Received = 3, Lost = 0 (0% loss),


It means that connection from Computer A to Computer B works well.

On Computer B verify the same, but the command should be:

ping -n 3 10.1.1.5


If you see output like

Packets: Sent = 3, Received = 0, Lost = 3 (100% loss)

it means the connection does not work and you need to troubleshoot it using information corresponding to your operating system presented on the Microsoft site.


5. If you used the network ports for connecting to Internet or some network, set the connection settings that were used before the migration. Use the instructions from articles in step 3 to do that.

If you have any doubts still pen it in the comments i will try to answer it.


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      Rashmi 5 years ago

      Its Very useful and Interesting, Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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