Two different workstations are connected with straight through cable. Attempts to ping between hosts are unsuccessful.what should be done to make them communicate?

  • What do you mean, precisely, by straight-through cable? If the hosts have 1 Gb ports, they should have Auto-MDIX which allows straight-through or crossover cables. If at least one of the hosts supports Auto-MDIX , it should work, but if neither host supports Auto-MDIX, you will need a crossover cable.
    – Ron Maupin
    Feb 4, 2016 at 13:54
  • Is the link light on (that little green light on the ethernet card, which lights up, when you plug in a cable connected at the other end)?
    – mulaz
    Feb 5, 2016 at 14:11
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Most computers support auto mdi-x which means that they will work with both crossover and straight-through cables.

To ping between the 2 PCs, you need to check the following:

  • NIC link lights, are they both up?
  • Are both computers assigned an IP on the same subnet? You don't have a dhcp server so you will need to either assign a static IP or use a link local address.
  • Is there a firewall restricting ICMP packets? Windows 7 blocks incoming ICMP by default.

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