Networking a desktop and laptop

  Kinno 16:19 07 Dec 05

I am running windows xp on my desktop along with a broadband modem - I want to try connect the laptop which is a few years old - its running on windows 95 not sure how big a difference it makes (I have no idea what I am doing really !!)

Can the two machines be connected and networked so I can transfer programmes over to the laptop and when there connected would the laptop be able to connect to the broadband modem.

Is is possible? and how can I do it if it is .

  Freddog™ 16:54 07 Dec 05

Propably not. If you buy a RJ-45 cable it will probably work. The laptop has an ethernet port?

  Rogerfredo 16:55 07 Dec 05

First you need to make sure you have an ethernet card in both computers.
You can network them by using a cross over ethernet cable, but if you want to share your broadband connection, you would be best to buy a router. Assuming your modem is also ethernet, you just connect all three devices through the router using ordinary (not cross over) cables.

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