How do you connect laptop to desktop?

November 8, 2010 at 09:12:10
Specs: Windows XP
I bought a new acer aspire laptop and want to connect it to my existing desktop?The laptop is windows 7 premium and the desktop is windows xp.We have roadrunner.

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#1
November 8, 2010 at 09:39:17
If you would like to use both at the same time connect a router to the roadrunner connection.

Otherwise;
get a small switch with a couple of patch cables
or
get a crossover cable and connect pc nic to laptop nin.


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#2
November 8, 2010 at 10:43:09
What kind of switch do I need?I have two ethernet cords that are yellow and I have only one slot on pc to plug it in?How do I connect both ethernets to pc and router?Thank you for your help.

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#3
November 8, 2010 at 11:08:40
If you want both to have internet access as well as connect to each other buy a router not a switch.

If you want to connect them but no provide internet buy a switch or use Internet connection sharing with a crossover cable between the two.

Not understanding your confusion
"I have only one slot on pc to plug it in"

You only need one rj45 port. ???

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#4
November 8, 2010 at 11:42:56
I am sorry about how I post as I am new at this with the laptop.I have a router and it is a netgear wireless router and I can't seem to get the laptop connected to the desktop.I appreciate your help.Right now the router has a green light and it turns ornage and another ornage light and a blue light.

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#5
November 8, 2010 at 13:35:43
Have you read the router manual to set it up?
Do you have two patch cords to use to connect the pc and laptop to the router?

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