do i need a router for ics

July 25, 2010 at 17:13:25
Specs: Windows XP
I have a desktop running Windows Vista. It has no wireless adapter and no access to a direct connection. I also have a Windows XP laptop with a wireless adapter. I wanted to use the XP as a host for ICS using a cat5 cord directly between them without a router to basically turn my laptop into a wireless adapter for my desktop. It seems really easy but neither pc believes that the cat5 is plugged into their LAN port so no matter how i change the settings, the pcs don't seem to broadcast or recieve because as far as they're concerned, there is no connection. Is there any way around this or do i need a router? I can't imagine why this is so hard for me, I've connected computers via LAN without a router countless times before for games but right now it isn't working no matter how many different ways I try.

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July 25, 2010 at 21:03:06
You need a crossover cable for the two lan port connections. A regular patch cable won't work which is what I suspect you ran into.
Just web search ICS for the how to set it up and follow the instructions.

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July 25, 2010 at 21:45:10
Ha, ya. Now I feel kinda silly. I looked online and it's really obvious. I followed online instructions on turning a straight through cable into a crossover. Now my setup is working just fine. I appreciate the help.

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