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- 10-23-2011 #1
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- Oct 2011
- Staten Island, New York
Hook two computers together
Can I hook up my laptop and desktop together with a cable. Don't want to use a link want to hook up directly with a cable maybe a ethernet cable.
I'm using Ubkuntu 10.04 have been updating it when told to.
I'm a newbie so any commands given will have to be simple. I can use the command line with terminal.
Thank you in advance for your help.
- 10-23-2011 #2
The best way is to connect both to a router (or switch). Directly with a cable you have to use a special cable (I don't remember the name: crossover, switched pair, null modem?). Probably with fixed IPs. AFAIK.
Commands depends on what you mean by "hook up". scp, ssh or rsync commands may be what you need.
- 10-23-2011 #3
- 10-23-2011 #4
With a standard cable, you have out going to out, and in going to in. You have to reverse those, so that in goes to out and vice-versa. A crossover cable does this. You can either buy a crossover cable, or use two standard ethernet cables connected to a router.
- 10-23-2011 #5
What exactly are you trying to do?
If you're looking to share files, then it's a crossover.
But since you mentioned hooking a laptop to a desktop, are you trying to share your wireless connection from the laptop to give the desktop a 'net connection?
If so, a Cat5 cable. From there, just edit your connections in Network Manager.