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As long as the PC's were built within the past few years, then it is possible to use a straight through cable instead of a crossover cable. This is possible due to a feature named Auto-MDIX (Medium Dependant Interface Crossover).

In the past, a crossover cable was required to connect two devices of the same type. e.g. a router to another router or a PC to another PC. A straight through cable was required to connect two devices of different types. e.g. a router to a PC.

Auto-MDIX is a feature on the majority of new network devices. If you plug the wrong cable type into a Auto-MDIX enabled device, the device will reconfigure itself to allow connections to work properly.

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