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    NIC direct connection

    I simply want to connect my office laptop with my home pc. It is a major undertaking to connect these two much less look at files. I managed to reach the laptop from my home with Direct Cable connect but can see nothing, and I don't enjoy uncoupling the printer in order to do so. I have the C drive set for sharing with Everyone, so why don't I see it? What more needs to be done?
    I would prefer to use the NICs, but I cannot find anything directly about simply connecting two units with the NIC, beyond getting a crossover cable. All the articles I find are about getting on the Internet. I may be over complicating this, but it isn't exactly simple. Any suggestions are appreciated!

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    Re: NIC direct connection

    What operating system(s)?

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    Re: NIC direct connection

    Both have XP Pro. BTW I also tried having one search for the other. No soap. Just two units connected together and they couldn't find one another. I believe I have set the firewalls correctly. I wonder if that could be it.

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    Re: NIC direct connection

    You normally have to use a special Ethernet cable called a "Cross Connect" cable - they are designed to do exactly what you want to do, directly connect one computer to the another computer via each computers LAN (RJ-45) card connector. They are commonly used to connect a laptop to a desktop. Radio Shack has them for a few bucks. Best Buy may too.
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