I have been trying to set up ICS with just 2 computers, a desktop and a laptop.
If it is only 2 comps I assume I can avoid buying a hub or a switch?
I have set my working internet connection on my #1 NIC to share, and I have run a crossover cable from my #2 NIC to my laptop's NIC.
I have tested the continuity of my cable and I think I have some wires severed, which is probably why it says "network cable unplugged"
So before I go out and get a new cable, I was wondering what settings to use and how to get ICS set up.
I am pretty new to networking so I was wondering if I have to manually set IPs, Gateways, DHCP, subnet masks and DNS servers or if I could set everything to auto.
I was also wondering if I could use a normal Cat5 cable with a crossover adapter?
Desktop - Windows XP Home Ed and two Realtek RTL8139/810X Ethernet PCI NIC.
Laptop - Windows XP and Mandrake Linux 9.1 dual boot and one SiS 900 Ethernet NIC
Thanks, any help will be greatly appreciated.