How can I connect two PCs using a LAN connection?

MUSTAFA September 18, 2010

I have two PCs and a single broadband connection. I wanted to connect both of them with broadband and also with each other for data transfer. I don’t want a wireless connection. Someone suggested for a LAN connection, how do I do it?

  1. Ryan Dube
    September 21, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    ha14's description is really well done - you can also see it done (with screenshots) at Karl's article here:


    And Steve discusses the router approach:


    Personally, I'd probably just purchase a router and disable wi-fi - only using the wired connections to wire together the computers on a single subnet - but ultimately it depends on what the purpose is for connecting the two and whether you think you'd ever need to add a third or fourth PC to the network down the road.

  2. Anonymous
    September 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    HiWell there is some effort to do Several alternatives exist for networking two computers in this manner:---Ethernet crossover cable---Null modem serial cable or parallel peripheral cable---Special-purpose USB cablesHow To Create a LAN connection between 2 PCs you need a network crossover cable. Available from most computer stores. This is a special type of cable (not a standard LAN cable) Secondly Make sure both computers are on the same workgroup. TO do this Right click on My computer, Properties, go to the Computer Name Tab, See what is written in Workgroup. Change one computer by clicking on change and then type in the name of the other computer in the workgroup space down the bottom. Do not make the computer part of a domain. You want Workgroup. This name change will require a computer reboot. When both computers are on the same workgroup, we need to set IP Addresses. In Control Panel, Open Network Settings. Right click on Local Area Connections and select properties. Under the heading "This connection uses the following items, Find Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Highlight it, Make sure you don't untick the box, and click on properties Under the heading Use the following IP Address ENter in the Following on ONE Computer. IP Address Subnet Mask Default Gateway LEave Blank Under the Heading Obtain DNS Serveraddress automatically Set this to Automatic. Don't enter anything in. On the second computer Make the IP Address Everything else the same.

    choose your own lan ip address. go to run type cmd and then type ipconfig/all, this will get your ip address.

    In Windows XP: Go to Network Connections Control Panel, right-click Local Area Network connection and select Properties. Now select Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) and click Properties.

    In Windows Vista: Go to Network and Sharing Center, select Manage Network Connections, right-click Local Area Network connection and select Properties. Now select Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.