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I need to connect my Windows 7 and Windows 8 computer without any routers or anything similar. Of course I have a ethernet cable, I can use.

How can I achieve this?

It is for my exam to prevent depending on the school's network, as they have said, they are going to make service on the network that day

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What are you trying to prevent exactly? –  Ramhound Jan 18 '13 at 12:21
    
I am trying to prevent dependence of the school's network. And as I take 2 computers with me to the exam, I don't want to take a router with me too –  The87Boy Jan 18 '13 at 12:22

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You can connect two computers to each other via their Ethernet ports using an Ethernet crossover cable. If your computer hardware/Ethernet card is recent, you most likely have auto-sensing Ethernet ports and can attempt to connect them using the straight Ethernet cable.

You will need to manually assign IP addresses to both computers from within network settings. Give one 192.168.1.1 and the other 192.168.1.2 both with subnet mask 255.255.255.0

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Yes, I am aware of that solution, but I was thinking, if I could setup a simple DHCP-server, so I don't need to setup the IP-addresses –  The87Boy Jan 18 '13 at 12:19
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@The87Boy - Just do it manually since it takes more effort to install and configure a DHCP-server. –  Ramhound Jan 18 '13 at 12:26

You're looking for a Crossover network cable. (such as this) Then you can setup both computers to communicate directly.

A crossover cable is basically a network cable wired differently to allow the direct communication.

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Yes, I am aware of that solution, but I was thinking, if I could setup a simple DHCP-server, so I don't need to setup the IP-addresses –  The87Boy Jan 18 '13 at 12:21
    
AFAIK, there's no "simple DHCP-server". Setting up the IP's isn't tricky or time consuming. –  LuckySpoon Jan 18 '13 at 12:22
    
Okay, then it must be that solution –  The87Boy Jan 18 '13 at 12:23

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