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13. Hardware > 120. Networking on the Cheap: Set Up a Direct Cable Connection

Networking on the Cheap: Set Up a Direct Cable Connection

You don’t need a full-fledged network to connect two PCs using XP. Here’s how to create a fast, cheap connection that’s great for sharing files and other network needs.

If you are reading this book, which is (as you know) called Windows XP Hacks, you probably get questions and pleas for help from your friends and family all the time (or you will, now that you’ve read the book!). You’re the “computer guy” (women can be computer guys, too, my female editor tells me) and you have the ability to “make it better.” If that’s a fair assessment of your situation, let’s go through a scenario that happens to us hacker types quite often.

It’s 8:00 on a Sunday evening, and the phone rings. Your neighbor is panicking because his computer is acting crazy and he just finished working on a huge PowerPoint presentation for work the next day. You grab your trusty laptop and your bag of computer parts and go next door.


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