For two years (if not more), I’ve been unable to get my two Windows XP machines to “talk” to each other on my simple little network using a crossover cable.
My client machine could access files off the host machine, but not the other way around.
This evening I finally found the answer quite by accident, so to speak.
I was nosing around in Control Panel –> Administrative Tools –> Computer Management.
I got to Services and Applications –> Services –> Server and upon right-clicking it and selecting Properties, I ended up solving the problem.
It was paused on my client machine, thus making it impossible for the host machine to access it. I clicked Resume and it did the trick!
Praise the Lord!
Anyway, click the above image for a larger image with more helpful details.
So there you are: I connect two computers together (I know that’s redundant, OK?) using an ethernet crossover cable. I don’t need a router. I don’t need the Internet. Just a crossover cable.
That may resolve your home networking problems, like it did mine!