The Easiest Ethernet LAN Segment 4 of 5
Notice that as soon as I completed the connection (at the Compaq laptop), the link light was illuminated.
Returning back over to the Hewlett Packard machine, I can see that its link light is also illuminated. Seeing both link lights active like this indicates that I have used the right kind of cable, and have a good connection at both ends. This is a strong and reliable indication of a good hardware connection.