Networking Vista Home Pro to XP Pro

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Anthony Williams, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. I used to be able to network two computers together (Windows 98, etc.)
    without using a router. I just used a category 5 cable (I think its called).
    But I can't seem to network my Vista notebook to my XP machine this way. Is
    this even possible, do I need a router or what with Vista?
    Anthony Williams, Nov 9, 2009
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  2. Yes, it's a CAT5 cable, but it's a special type of CAT5 cable, the
    type called a "crossover" cable.

    You need the same thing you used before--a crossover cable.
    Undoubtedly what you are using is a regular CAT5 cable, not a CAT5
    crossover cable.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Nov 10, 2009
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  3. Anthony Williams

    Chuck Guest

    It's likely a setup issue--However a crossover cable may also be needed.
    Some of the newer ethernet interfaces automatically sense the cable and
    adjust accordingly.
    Chuck, Nov 10, 2009
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