I've never attempted to hook up two computers before. I dont really know where to begin.
Here's what I need it for: We have high speed wireless at our house for our laptop I'm using right now. I rebuilt my desktop a little while ago and wanted to hook it to wireless too. Being that both have ethernet cards, I figure I can hook them together direct connect with the proper cable. From what I've read it seems easy enough. But there's one thing I'm a little confused on. If I connect the computers together (They are both XP Home), can I get internet on the desktop just like that with a simple cable? Or do I need to buy a bunch of gear? I'm kinda hoping I can just buy a $20 cable and plug 'em in but I wanted to make sure it works before doing anything.
By the way, what's a good length to keep the cable at? The two computers are about 35-ish feet apart.
Thanks in advance:typing: