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How to setup LAN with crossover connection between two Windows PC (with cable color code)

Updated on May 28, 2012

LAN between two computers using Crossover Connection

Crossover cabling is essential if you want to share files between your laptop and desktop (basically two computers). Its very cheap to prepare a crossover able. You just need two RJ45 jacks, CAT5e cable (length depends on your requirement) and one crimping tool. Apart from these one more important thing is there, that is color coding which I am going to tell you in this article.

The process of crimping is so simple that, if carefully followed, a newbie can also do this with no difficulty. Because this is a crossover connection (i.e. PC to PC connection, no hub or switch is required) it is a bit confusing than direct LAN cabling. But, once you understand the color coding, it will become the easiest job in the world. So, pay attention & read carefully.

Crossover connection

Crossover connection with RJ-45

If you facing any difficulty to understand these color code or you have no idea about cable crimping then you can purchase any crossover cable from below mentioned amazon list.

If you are ready with your cable, now you can configure IP address and share a folder which will be common for both computer to share files.


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      yogendra shrma 5 years ago

      please give color coding for rollover cable

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      daniel 6 years ago

      please i need help for colour arrangement on cat5e cable switch and the connector rj45.

      and there is limited or no connectivity.


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      Ankit 6 years ago

      Dude how do i use my friends internet connection, he's hving BSNL ka lan at home I stay little away from his home So how do i use It

      Jst can u mail me Some steps to my id-

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      Joe 6 years ago

      Hi, Iam an M.Tech student and doing a project in cloud computing..For this i need to conect 2 laptops for file access and sharing.If u could give me more details abt d connection and d procedure, it wil be realy helpful for me....Thanks...

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      jobin, sobin 7 years ago

      thanks dude really it helped a lot

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      swaroop pratap singh 7 years ago

      thanks a lot for providing such a wonderful information...

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      Beramka 7 years ago

      hi guys,

      i have a problem extending my first computer desktop on my second computer, can somebody explain step by step how to do it thanks for the help...

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      RAJKISHOR SAHU 7 years ago from Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA

      Mr. Vivek Try this solution:

      "Access is denied" error message when you try to access a folder on LAN

      Few visitors reported that they are unable to share LAN using above tutorial and after trying a lot I came to know that may be some security issue is not letting you to access PC from LAN. If you are able to ping from both PC and not able to see shared resources on the LAN then please follow this.

      To resolve this problem, you must turn off Simple File Sharing, and then take ownership of the folder:

      1. Turn off Simple File Sharing.

      Click Start, and then click My Computer.

      On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.

      Under Advanced Settings, click to clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box, and then click OK.

      2. Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.

      3. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message, if one appears.

      4. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.

      5. In the Name list, click your user name, Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group.

      If you want to take ownership of the contents of that folder, click to select the Replace owner on sub containers and objects check box.

      6. Click OK.

      You may receive the following error message, where Folder is the name of the folder that you want to take ownership of:

      You do not have permission to read the contents of directory Folder. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control? All permissions will be replaced if you press “Yes”.

      7. Click Yes.

      8. Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and the folder contents.

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      vivek Bhardwaj 7 years ago

      sir please give me the solution that i have tried to connect two pc in which one was laptop & other is desktop . i was using the lan cabel (cat5).i have given the ip to each pc after connecting the cable. now when i wanted to share the data then it has asked for the password.i has given the correct password but there is no sharing between these two pc.

      sir please give me the correct solution for this.

      my email id is (

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      Sineone Teleservices 8 years ago

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      hacker 8 years ago

      how to make fast brodband connect

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      RAJKISHOR SAHU 8 years ago from Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA

      @Hello Pete: I will soon post that tutorial too but for your information for Xp-Linux networking needs samba server installed on linux.

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      Pete 8 years ago

      dear Raj, I'm a newbie in all this and I need some little help.

      I'm using a Sify broadband which comes directly on a cable to my win XP ethernet card. I also have a second ethernet card on my xp machine. I have a linux ubuntu system which I want to access the internet. Please tell me how to connect my linux ubuntu to win XP and eventually share the internet also. Please mail my details to my email...(

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      abdullah 8 years ago

      we have internet connection and we don't have server we connect directly to a modem and we have 10 hubs each hub has 8 slots. and when we're all using internet the connection slowed down, can you help me about this problem...what should i do to make our connection a fair distribution...thanks and hope you can help me at

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      subrta 8 years ago


      can plz provide some knowledge on hacking. how can we hack a system

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      Mayuresh 8 years ago

      Hey rajkishor,i've jst gt a SIFY broadband connection.i m facing problem with sharing d connection.The first PC is working properly bt on the other PC the connection isn't showing.Pls let me knw hw 2 configre it.

      mail me if possible



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      mediamuslim4u 8 years ago

      I do networking as far 150m of hub usual to switch hub rauter. what colour code which need and how way

      please email me if u reply

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      arun kumar 8 years ago

      plz tell me. what is the use of crossover conections when conecting the two computer via LAN. because when i have connect the crossover conection and normal DSL cable conection i am able to use lan, so plz clarify it.

      (this is my request u to plz give my answer to my id, because how can i find answer for my this question, i don't know. my id is

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      RAJKISHOR SAHU 8 years ago from Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA

      those articles' link I have proveded in "Related Article" section. Please visit to know more.

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      rlakies 8 years ago

      Hey buddy i would go into the details of setting up the needed static IP adress and subnet. Without those it wont work to well :)

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      RAJKISHOR SAHU 8 years ago from Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA

      Need help on this topic or have suggestion for improvement, are always welcome.