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