This should not be this hard

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I wanted to share files between an XP home laptop and an XP home desktop. I took a cross over Cat-5 cable, plugged into each of the computers ethernet ports. Set the IP's to 192.168.1.1 and .2, with subnets of 255.255.255.0. XP said it recognized the link on both systems (i.e. the little window in the system tray said a link was present).

However, come time to access either computer remotely, and I can't do it. I also can't ping. I got sick shortly there after so I had to leave the computer room to go pray to the porcelain god. My dad started working on it for the next several hours and couldn't get it to work either. What am I doing wrong here? It should not be that hard to network a direct connection between ethernet ports.

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I would go into the computer name settings and rejoin each
machine to the same-named workgroup. Even if it is the same
already, you will need to do this for some reason with XP.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

set the default gateway to 192.168.1.1 on the 192.168.1.2 machine that way it knows where it's next hop is ;)
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yes, that too - thx MD
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And you're not running a firewall right? :)

Firewalls are kinda pointless for LAN's when you're the only person accessing all the PCs.

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