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network cable unplugged when it isn't?

asked 2013-11-16 15:49:40 -0500

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updated 2014-04-11 16:07:44 -0500

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i'm bridging a connection from my laptop with Ubuntu to my desktop with Fedora 19 64bit. I've just switched from Windows because it keeps crashing. Unfortunately when i plug the ethernet cable in it shows up fine on my laptop but my desktop says "network cable unplugged". Any help would be appreciated.

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answered 2013-11-16 22:37:30 -0500

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Connected two computers with an Ethernet cable requires a specialized Ethernet cable called a "crossover cable." Without getting too nitty-gritty, the crossover cable flips the transmit and receive wires so that your desktop and laptop can talk to each other.

If you don't have a crossover cable, find an Ethernet switch or hub and connect each computer to the it with regular Ethernet cables.

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