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Old 03-09-09, 06:56 PM   #1
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Connecting a laptop and desktop via a USB cable

I recently bought a USB 2.0 cable (its a Cablestogo brand) and i was wanting to link up my desktop and laptop in order to transfer files. I thought and hoped it would be a simple case of plug in and go....but no. I didn't get any driver software with the cable and am at a loss a bit. Does anyone know of any software or any simple way that i can link them both up? Any help is appreciated.
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Old 03-09-09, 07:17 PM   #2
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Re: Connecting a laptop and desktop via a USB cable

Just a regular USB Cable will not work, you would have to get a Crossover Cable.

Like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812339025

I don't know for sure, but I have just read that connecting two computers together with a standard cable might hurt them.
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Old 03-09-09, 08:42 PM   #3
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Re: Connecting a laptop and desktop via a USB cable

Well the cable i bought is a Net/Data link cable like the one you posted the link to.
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Old 03-09-09, 08:47 PM   #4
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Re: Connecting a laptop and desktop via a USB cable

I see.
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Old 03-09-09, 09:45 PM   #5
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Re: Connecting a laptop and desktop via a USB cable

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Well the cable i bought is a Net/Data link cable like the one you posted the link to.
From the page that was linked to for the cable by Nifty:
Now you can Download Microsoft's Windows Easy Transfer Companion from our driver directory. This powerful addition to the Easy Transfer Cable allow you to transfer programs from one system to the other. http://support.microsoft.com/kb931696
Eliminates need to set up a complex network

However, it seems that KB was rumored to have been pulled, however I did find this:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en


I have never done this as I've had no need since I've always transferred files via my network. As was stated previously you could also buy a crossover cable and connect the computers via their NICs directly, but again, most folks these days have a network that they can use to transfer files, etc, or use an external USB drive, etc.
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Old 03-10-09, 08:42 AM   #6
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Re: Connecting a laptop and desktop via a USB cable

Thanks for the help. I am going to try your suggestion.
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Old 03-10-09, 11:04 AM   #7
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Re: Connecting a laptop and desktop via a USB cable

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Thanks for the help. I am going to try your suggestion.
Is there any reason not to purchase a router and just setup a network? Are you going to have multiple machines and want to connect the internally, and possibly to the internet?

My post above was not really my suggestion, just what I found based on the way you were already headed.
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