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Connecting Two Computers

The easiest and most common small network consists of two computers connected to each other. This setup is commonly used in small offices or home networks for the purpose of sharing a printer and/or sharing files. Three basic configurations can be used to achieve this end:

  • Connection via a coaxial cable

  • Connection via a crossover twisted-pair cable (see the sidebar titled "Crossover Twisted-Pair Cable")

  • Connection via Direct Cable Connection using a null modem or parallel cable


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