I am trying to make a direct connection to a XP machine using a cable. No switch or router involved. Can it be done? There are 3 cables joined by fem/fem connectors and one of the cables is a crossover. In my mind as long as there is a crossover in the mix then the transmit + and - are connecting to the other computers receiving + and - and vice versa, right? Anyhow I can't seem to make them talk. I need a valid IP config but am so new to Win 7 that I'm not sure how to do this. It has been a very long time since I have connected machines this way, last time was with 2 Win 98 machines so can someone help me out with this please? I would hook up the XP machine to the router but don't have a cable long enough and no spare wireless cards. I know this is possible and that I can use my Win 7 machine as a gateway. Help!