I am trying to connect 2 PC's both using XP home with a cat 5 RJ45 ethernet patch cable going into each NIC but both are saying there is a cable unplugged. What am I doing wrong? I'm new to networking. Also is it possible for me to connect to the internet on the 2nd PC via the main PC which is connected to a wireless router?
Thanks for the advice, I will get a crossover cable. The reason I want to connect to the internet through the main PC which has the wireless adapter is because the router is a pre n belkin and the pre n or n type adapters are too expensive to get for the other PC. Both PC's are upstairs away from the router itself so I cannot even plug the other PC into the router with an ethernet cable. Is it possible to connect to the internet through the main PC via a crossover cable?