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Chapter 6. CONFIGURING PEER-TO-PEER NETW... > Setting Up the Peer-to-Peer Network

Setting Up the Peer-to-Peer Network

Once you have the peer computers configured with a LAN protocol, you are ready to actually set up the peer network itself. This means that you need to physically connect the computers with some sort of network medium. Both Windows and the Mac OS allow you to directly connect two computers with a cable (we're talking a very small peer-to-peer network). The Windows computers would be directly connected using a serial cable that attaches to the computers'serial or communications ports. Beginning with the second release of Windows 98, the Windows OS provides you with the ability to configure this direct connection between the computers.

On the Macintosh side, you can use a standard Mac printer cable to connect the two computers. Alternatively, if the Macs have a built-in Ethernet RJ-45 interface (meaning they have a built-in Ethernet card), you can connect the computers with a special twisted-pair cable called a crossover cable. You can buy a crossover cable at just about any computer store.


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