Good evening, I have a noob question.
I am trying to connect my rPi to my windows 7 laptop using a single network cable from the rPi's ethernet port to the laptop's ethernet port.
I know this can be done because I have seen it done, but I am not having success.
The IP address of my rPi is 192.168.0.2 I have Putty on the windows 7 laptop. I do putty, SSH, port 22, to that IP address, nothing. Times out.
I do ping to that IP address, nothing, cannot ping that address.
I unhook the network cable from my laptop and plug it in to an open port on my home network router and reboot the pi, and voila, now I can ping the address and SSH into the rPi.
But I want to be able to do it anywhere, not just at home where I have the router. Hence I want to eliminate the router from this equation.
Im told that you need a DHCP server on your laptop. I don't know what DHCP is or how it works, but I googled it and found a free program and downloaded and installed it and black box appeared on my screen for a half a second and then a new service appeared in my list of running services.
But no change to the ability to directly connect to the rPi.