[OT] Routerless Network?

Jim Ault JimAultWins at yahoo.com
Tue May 9 12:23:13 EDT 2006

There is the 'old' way of using a cross-over ethernet cable.  This allows
the 2 computers to use that port to talk and listen.  price is about $20.
catch is that you are now using the port this way, so no internet access.

Google 'crossover ethernet cable' to see how it is wired.  Not many around
so it is very unlikely that the cable you have is crossover.

Once you use this technique, you would have to give each computer a static
IP address so they have one.  A router automatically assigns this when each
cpu starts up or is correctly connected so the router can see it.  This
makes sure that each computer has a unique address.

Another option, but rare, is a network drive, USB or FireWire, but if you
have one, it should work.

Hope this helps.  Someone else may know of a way.  Of course, a flash/key
chain drive could do in a pinch.

Jim Ault
Las Vegas

On 5/9/06 9:08 AM, "Scott Rossi" <scott at tactilemedia.com> wrote:

> Hi List:
> Apologies for the OT question.  I have an XP system and an OSX Mac sitting
> near each other that I'm wondering if I can network without using a router
> -- I'd like to move some Rev files back and forth for testing.  (There is a
> wireless network in the area but no card for the XP system, Mac only.)  I do
> have an ethernet cable.  Are there any settings I can apply to either system
> to make them see each other?
> Thanks & Regards,
> Scott Rossi
> Creative Director
> Tactile Media, Multimedia & Design
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