At the moment, I am SSHing into my Pi from my laptop. Both are connected to my router. However, it's a bit of a bother connecting the Pi to the router (ie router on the other side of the house).

Can I connect my Pi to the laptop with an Ethernet cable from the laptop directly to the Pi?

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The Pi's NIC supports Auto-MDIX, so you should be able to connect it to the laptop using a standard Ethernet cable.

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    Do you know how I can then connect to the Pi? It comes up as an 'unidentified network'. I tried putting the Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address into putty, but no luck.
    – ACarter
    Nov 18, 2012 at 11:51
  • Any ideas? I'm stumped
    – ACarter
    Nov 18, 2012 at 15:21
  • You could use a static IP-address configuration on both computers, e.g. set one to and the other to with a netmask of Nov 18, 2012 at 19:15
  • You could also install avahi-daemon on the Pi and use link-local networking. Nov 20, 2012 at 21:31

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