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Ok here is the deal. I am tring to network my husband's computer and my computer so we can share the cable modem. Now i have done everything possible to netwrok these two puters, i even have tried walk throughs found online about how to network xp to 98 using a crossover cable. Here is the problem that still exists. I have the local connection wich works fine for the cable modem to the xp box, than the xp box has a second nic card wich i have the crossover cable connected to, i set up a local connection for that but it says a network cable is unplugged even though the cable is in there. I know all 3 nic cards work since i connected the cable modem directly to them to make sure, i dont beleive its the crossover cable considering when i called my cable company and asked about it the guy suggested i connect a regular network cable to the nic card on xp and it should not say a canle is unplugged, well i did that and it still said a cable is unpluged. Anyone have any ideas, we eventually will get a router and do it that way, but till than i would like to be able to get online with my computer, so any suggestions are much appreciated.

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from what i can see they colors are as followed from 1-8....green ,green ,orange ,not sure ,blue, orange ,brown/white ,and brown

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Ok, the cable looks like it's correct on the swapped end. The green and orange are swapped, right?

Have you tried connecting just the two computers, and not the cable modem?

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yeah i beleive its the crossover cables, the cards work fine but no lights come on when i plug in the crossover cable, but the lights come one when i plug in the cable modem. the cheapest crossover cable in my area is 22bucks, so i am just gonna wait till hub's next pay check and get a router. at least than i hope it will work

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For cost, a 486/early pentium can be turned in to a router. I have an Early Pentium (Needed the PCI slots for the NICs) that I use daily for my Internet router. I'm running an easy-to-setup linux router called "Freesco" (not "FreeSCO", the designers don't like the emphasis of "SCO" ;-) ). www.freesco.org

You are going NIC to NIC, right?

Your connections looks like this, right?
[modem] ---straight--- [Computer] ---crossover--- [computer]

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22 Bucks! Good grief~! What area do you live in? I pay about $3.00 retail and frequently give them away.

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$22 doesn't surprise me... That's what I often see network cables overpriced for. What most people don't realize is bulk cable, connectors and crimper runs about $60 total.

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It may also be worth while to check you link speed and duplex and make sure its set to auto detect

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