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I would like to know if you have to use a system link cable to have internet sharing from your computer or can you use an cat 5 ethernet cable to do the internet sharing.
    
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You either need a crossover cable or a switch.

Or even easier, just drop a router in there, and don't use ICS.

broadband modem--->router---->both PCs (or XBox, whatever.)

For ICS, you can either:
broadband modem---PC#1--xovercable---PC2

Or
broadband modem---PC#1---switch----PC2
(Or if you get more than one IP, you can also ditch ICS by going:
broadband modem---switch---both PCs. )
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Originally Posted by satansmurf
You either need a crossover cable or a switch.

Or even easier, just drop a router in there, and don't use ICS.

broadband modem--->router---->both PCs (or XBox, whatever.)

For ICS, you can either:
broadband modem---PC#1--xovercable---PC2

Or
broadband modem---PC#1---switch----PC2
(Or if you get more than one IP, you can also ditch ICS by going:
broadband modem---switch---both PCs. )
So you have to use a crossover cable, you can't use an regular cat5 cable? What is the difference.
    
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The wires within the ethernet cable are hooked up differently to the ends. It is called "crossover" because pins 1, 2, 3, 6 are switch to 3, 6, 1, 2 (each pin being a terminal in the plug itself...)

THink of it this way...

Your NIC uses four copper wires. TD+ (1) TD- (2) RD+ (3) and RD- (6)

Now, you you hook up a normal ethernet cable, you will have both nics on the same wire for TD+ - but TD+ needs to map to RD+ (and TD- to RD- , etc)

Switches, hubs, etc. are all built (for practical purposes) already corssed over - the copper leads where you plug into the switch/hub are already properly mapped to send/recieve signals.
So the input jack of a switch is essentially a crossed over version of the input jack of a NIC.
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Some NICs are "auto-sensing" and will do the crossover for you. If you have a spare CAT5 around, try it and see what happens. If you do not get the connection you will need a crossover. I think most newer cards esp. the gigabit cards have the "auto-sense" ability.

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Some NICs are "auto-sensing" and will do the crossover for you. If you have a spare CAT5 around, try it and see what happens. If you do not get the connection you will need a crossover. I think most newer cards esp. the gigabit cards have the "auto-sense" ability.

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I have a realteck ethernet port. Do you think it will work?
    
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I have a realteck ethernet port. Do you think it will work?
All you can do is try it.

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