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Please tell me the computer you're trying to connect the Versacamm to (Windows or Apple, etc.), and let me know what error you are encountering, or how far the process has gone before being obviously not-working.
I would of course advise you to install, on the computer, the appropriate network-capable driver for the Versacamm. (If none was ever written - hard to believe if it was a networked computer before - then the effort is hopeless.)
And, obviously, make sure the firewall software or security utility on the computer allows network communication with the Versacamm device at its IP Address... which the firewall might not allow and be blocking.
The IP Address needs to be allowed to communicate with the computer, of course.
I have a cross over cable but want to know if I can connect the laptop direct to the versacamm direct with the cable
Try it. It may work. At worst, it will throw an error message, you will have to reinstall the driver, it may still throw an error message, and after that it may require yet another driver reinstall again before it will work with the network once the network is up and running again.
(If that answers your question, please rate my answer. Otherwise, please Reply letting me know how things turn out... and note any error messages, please.)
After connecting it, uninstall the driver for the printer (which will be pointing to the utterly unusable network address. So it won't look for the printer, won't fail to find it, and won't report any error. It will simply detect 'dead network connection'.)
Then reinstall the driver.
Then it seems it isn't possible, without your
A. adding the IP Address of the printer to your firewall's Allow configuration
B. getting a router box with 4 spare ports, or a hub with 4 spare ports (2 at least of either one, unused) and plugging the PATCH cable from the Versacamm, into one of the unused 4 spare ports, and the PATCH cable from the other unused of the 4 spare ports, to the computer. That's all the network you need.