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How to make lan connection between 2 computers


On each computer, right click on "My Computer". Click Properties and then click on the "Computer Name" tab. Where it says "Computer description:" Give each computer a description (It must not be the same). Now click on the "change" so that you can change the name of the computer and create a workgroup. In the name option give it the same name you gave it for its description and in the workgroup section type in "my first network" (REMEMBER: Names of the computers should NOT be the same, BUT Workgroup names should be EXACT the same on both)
Now once you change these, you will be asked to restart the computer, so simply click yes or ok, whatever you are prompted with.

Step 2

After the computers are rebooted you will need to setup IP addresses for each computer. This is how:

On your desktop, look for the icon named "My Network Places". Now dpouble click it to open it.

Once open look on the left to see an option "view network connections" and click on it.

Now right click on local area network and click properties.

Where it says "This connection uses the following items:"; scroll down to "Iternet Protocol (TCP/IP)", click on it and click the properties button.

Now click on "Use the following IP address" and at "IP Address" type in an IP address e.g

Although you do the same steps for both computers you must have different IP addresses so you can make the second computers IP address

After you set the IP addresses just press the tab button and you should get a number in the subnet mask as, then press ok and wait a while and now you almost done!

Step 3

This is the easiest part; just take you cross over cable and connect to each computers network card RJ45 port. That's it you now will be able to see the computers in "My Network Places". You may start sharing files!

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Firstly you will need to know how exactly your two PC's are going to connect. So here it is. The computers will connect directly to each other therefore no hub will be needed. For those of you that don't know, a hub is just a device that connects computers in a network via UTP STRAIGHT THROUGH cables.

The reason why I wrote straight through in caps is because this is not what you will be using to connect the two computers. Instead you will be using cross over cables. You can get this from a local computer store for relatively cheap. Or if you feel like doing work then make it, its really easy. If you need any help, then a Google search on how to make crossover cables will help alot. The reason why I don't tell you how, because I'm telling you how to connect two computers not create crossovers.

Anyways that's all the requirements you'll need, just a cross over cable. (Please note; if you buying or making a cross over, make sure it's at least cat5e UTP cables.)

Now that we got that out of the way, let's get to work!

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how do i rename my computer?

Hi Positive 725,

Good day!

I understand that you would like to change your computer name.

Here are some ways for you to do so:

For Windows Vista and Windows 7


1. Right click on the Computer option and select on "Properties".
2. Click on Change settings.
3. Type in your desired Computer name.


1. Click on Start or the Windows Orb.
2. Select Control Panel.
3. Choose System.
4. Click on Change settings.
5. Type in your desired Computer name.

For Windows XP.

1. Right click on My Computer icon then select on Properties.
2. Click on the Computername tab.
3. Click Change to rename the computername.
4. Type in your desired Computer name.

I hope this helps.

Best regards,

Jheycie =)

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My acer am1610-U1201A won't connect to the internet. I have the modem and router hooked up, ethernet cable and all other cables hooked up appropriately, and my computer says it's connected to a "local network." All other laptops are wi-fi and connect to my internet network just fine. Any ideas?

right click "MY NETWORK PLACES " desktop icon.


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at the lower part,, click "properties"

thru the "General" tab

click the OBTAIN an IP Address automatically

click the Obtain DNS Server Automatically
then OK..

see to it that the name of the WORKGROUP same in the name of the server computer..

right click the "My COmputer"


"COmputer NAme"

...if they the same , you can access the net now.. Thanks for sharing your problem in fixya.com

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change computer name

If you have windows xp, you can used the following link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/295017

Hope this helps! Rate my solution!

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This is for Windows servers.

Right click "My Computer"
Click on "Properties"
When the "system properties" window opens, click on the tab: Computer Name
Under this tab you will see a button "Change". Click on this and change the server name (you may have to map new network drives for the end users)
This will require a reboot so you may want to do this after hours.

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