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I've seen where you can connect two computers via Ethernet via a single Cross-over Ethernet cable instead of through a Ethernet hub - what's the difference between the two methods, other than with a hub, you can connect more than just two computers at the same time.
 

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Lars,

With the crossover cable you have one cable directly connecting on mac to the other. This precludes you from using ethernet for a high speed cable or DSL type modem through the ethernet port. Also if you have a printer that supports sharing through ethernet (mostly laser printers) you are unable to do so in the crossover setup without unplugging the crossover cable first.
 

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I seem to remember at one time you could get a dongle with a duplex connection, Except I'm not sure if that would work with a DSL modem. The dongle I think was more for the older type of ethernet connection...Like on the 7100 computers.

But in anycase...Check this out:

http://www.drbot.com/prod/db.lasso?code=4359-PNEN

Not really related to the crossover question...
But it sure is interesting.

Dave :cool:
 

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Now a days, crossover cables aren't needed anymore. Normal cables work just fine. When I connected the two Macs at home we used a normal Ethernet cable and it worked just fine, so you don't need to get a crossover cable.
 

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Hello,

I agree with Chealion about the lack of need for a crossover cable. In fact, I do it the opposite way. I have a crossover cable connecting my iBook to the our router. I had the cable from when my wife and I used to play LAN games on PCs - just the two of us. My regular ethernet cable is broken, but the crossover works fine.

James
 

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I found this method to be unreliable. Many times the macs required a reboot to be recognized. Maybe I was doing it wrong, but I don't think so. I've never had problems with the hub though.
 

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Thanks, everyone!
 
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