Episode 06

The Easiest Ethernet LAN Segment 1 of 5

In September of 2005, I found two modern laptop computers, both running Windows XP, and I found that both of them had Ethernet connectors, and I decided I wanted to create a really simple local area network LAN interconnection between the two of them, so that I could share disk files.


The interface equipment technique and methodology that I used will work more or less the same way for any pair of modern, Windows-based computers. Whether they are desktop or laptop, running Windows XP or Windows 2000 or Windows 98, the approach is pretty much the same.

So long as each of them has an Ethernet interface with the usual RJ45 connector, this approach will work. Connectors like that in North America look a lot like the kind of connectors we use with our telephones, but fatter.


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