Connect Two Computers Together
Basic Requirements (what you will need to complete this tutorial):
• Two computers with a network card installed in each one of them
• 1 Crossover cable (usually a yellow Category 5 (CAT5) cable).
Note: A normal CAT5 network cable will NOT work with this scenario; it
must be a crossover cable.
Step 1: Make sure both computers are turned off.
Step 2: Connect one end of the crossover cable to the network card in computer 1 (it does
not matter which end).
Step 3: Connect the other end of the crossover cable to the network card in computer 2.
Step 4: Turn both computers on (it does not matter which one you turn on first).
Step 5:Sign-in to Windows on both computers, as you normally do.
Step 6: Wait until both computers have fully loaded Windows and all startup programs
(your mouse pointer will be the normal arrow shape and the programs that load in the
system tray (usually located at the bottom right side of the screen, to the left of the time-
clock) will all be there when the system is ready to use).
Configuring both Computers to be in the same Workgroup:
( Perform the following steps on both computers)
Step 7: With the left mouse button, click on the 'Start' button.
Step 8: With the right mouse button, click on 'My Computer'.
Step 9: With the left mouse button, click on 'Properties'.
Step 10: With the left mouse button, click on the 'Computer Name' tab.
Step 11: Observe the Workgroup name listed on computer 1 (MYHOME).
We will now change computer 2 (HOME) to match computer 1 (MYHOME). Leave the
'Computer Name' tab on the 'System Properties' dialog box on computer 1 open. We will
verify that computer 2 matches computer 1 after computer 2 has been restarted, at Step 18
Step 12: On computer 2, with the left mouse button, click on the 'Change...' button.
Step 13: Type the Workgroup name listed on computer 1 in the 'Workgroup' textbox (in
this example, 'MYHOME').