Connecting 2 PCs with Cross over Cable


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I have a Windows XP Pro laptop which is hooked up to a domain in the office.
I also have a desktop PC at home running XP Home edition. I want to be able
to transfer data between the 2 PCs via a cross over cable. I obviously don't
want to change my laptop settings to be part of a workgroup as this will
upset logging in to the domain at work.

Is there anyway that I can set them up so that they can see eachother in
Network Places??
 
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Malke

Juice said:
I have a Windows XP Pro laptop which is hooked up to a domain in the
office. I also have a desktop PC at home running XP Home edition. I
want to be able to transfer data between the 2 PCs via a cross over
cable. I obviously don't want to change my laptop settings to be part
of a workgroup as this will upset logging in to the domain at work.

Is there anyway that I can set them up so that they can see eachother
in Network Places??
Here's how to use your laptop at home and not mess up your domain
settings:

From MVP Lanwench - You don't need to change to a workgroup just to
access resources on it. You shouldn't play with your laptop's network
settings at all. Once you've logged in using your domain account (using
cached credentials), and have an IP address on the home network, you
can map drives, use printers, whatnot, very easily - one way, in a
command line:

net use x: \\computername\sharename /user:computername\username <enter>

MS KB article about the Net Use command - http://tinyurl.com/3bpnj

As far as actually building the network, it would be far easier if you
purchase a router than try and do this computer-to-computer with
crossover cable and two NIC's. In the normal computer-to-computer
situation, you would assign static IP's to each computer and you may
not be able to do this with the domain laptop. Of course, you could
always assign your home computer to the same subnet as the work
computer for the crossover if you didn't want the laptop to be able to
get Internet access.

Malke
 

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