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Old 10-07-01, 09:12 PM
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Connecting two computers

I'm trying to connect two computers, a desktop and a laptop in order transfer over about 6+ gigs of stuff. What is the easiest wat to do this? Can i just connect them with ethernet wire or do I have to have a hub in order to do this? Thanks.
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You don't need a hub. Just a "crossover" cable hooked between both their LAN cards.
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The "crossover" cable is the fastest way to do so and would be the easiest, but if both computers don't have network cards, you can also get a crossover USB cable that will work and if you don't have USB ports on both, you can do it the old fashioned way with a serial cable, but it'll take forever to transfer 6+ gigs over a serial cable (it takes a few minutes just to transfer an MP3 file of a couple megs in size).
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I think parallel cables can be used to, and parallel ports are faster than serial if I remember correctly
would need a crossover connector for the parallel cable. dos had a standard program for direct cable connections

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The "crossover" cable is the fastest way to do so and would be the easiest, but if both computers don't have network cards, you can also get a crossover USB cable that will work and if you don't have USB ports on both, you can do it the old fashioned way with a serial cable, but it'll take forever to transfer 6+ gigs over a serial cable (it takes a few minutes just to transfer an MP3 file of a couple megs in size).
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windows has direct cable connection support - and I've used a parallel cable to do so before... IIRC, you need a special type of Parallel cable. Anyway - crossover cable with the NICs is the best bet.
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If you have some of the newest motherboards, they have a built-in feature to let you transfer files between computers via USB without needing extra stuff like NIC cards, etcetera.
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The advice given in this thread is good. The question seems to be asked every month. A search on dvdTalk turns up any number of threads, but one recent one is:

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You may find the thread by using dvdTalk's SEARCH feature for a keyword such as "usb-to-usb". There are better keywords to search for, but that somewhat unique keyword is one that I used in a post (to make it easier for me to find my own prior posts).

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