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how would I go about connecting two computers via network?

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I've been wondering how to do this without any extra routers or wires... I have two fully functioning computers literally, two feet away from each other... is there any way I can get them to connect so I can play games via a local area network when my friends come over?
    
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crossover cable
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that was quick

Is that the same thing as those blue cables you get with routers?

sorry, I don't know the proper term
    
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Crossover cables are for computer to computer without a router. I am not sure if a regular cat 5 or 6 cable would work, never tried.
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Crossover cables are for computer to computer without a router. I am not sure if a regular cat 5 or 6 cable would work, never tried.
Ah, wasn't aware they were different types of cables.

Well thanks for the help though! I appreciate it. rep.
    
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A crossover cable has one wire crossed over. A regular ethernet cable works as well. Well it did when I tried it.
    
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A crossover cable has one wire crossed over. A regular ethernet cable works as well. Well it did when I tried it.
"regular" aka straighthrough ONLY works if one of you has an auto-sense auto-switch NIC. MOST modern days NICs have this ability (they "crossover" the the connection internally without the cable doing it for them) but there's no guarentee he will be able to do it that way.
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As said above, some NICs/Motherboards can do a software crossover. Your safest bet is to get a specific crossover cable.
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Crossover, check your internal IP's to connect, you should be good!
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