How do I connect laptop and desktop network?

Question by mikerapolas: How do I connect laptop and desktop network?
I have a laptop and desktop and I have a network set up. I am trying to link them together so I can print from my laptop on desktop printer.
My desktop is running Vista SP2 and my laptop is running Windows 7.
Do I have a problem and if so how can I fix it and connect both computers?
Thank you so much.
Mike

Best answer:

Answer by Matt
you can connect them together with a cat5 cable (your basic Ethernet cable) but you must make sure that it is a crossover cable and not a straight-through.

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