|USB or Cat5 Crossover Cables are not the same!
There are numerous types of USB
OR a Cat5 crossover cables to transfer files from one computer to another computer with out a network.
The easiest to use is a special USB cable that allows you to connect two computers
via usb ports.
No external power is required unless your
computers are over six feet apart then I recommend a powered usb hub to keep the
signal loss low thus not corrupting any files. The cable I have is a older
version that uses a network type setup, the newer cables use the preparatory
Explorer interface and is much easier.
You can also use a Cat5 cable that is wired to be a crossover and use your
network cards in the two computers. The
setup for this is somewhat involved and
requires you either make or buy the crossover cable. You also have to setup the
network cards to have the same subnet and mask.
The advantage to the Cat5
network crossover is speed and length of the cable, you can set the speed for
both computers to 100/full and have a cable of up to 30 feet.
USB Crossover cable use:
Plug the cable in both systems, you will have to load drivers for each system
to use the cable. Most cables come with drivers. Depending on the cable you have
you will connect directly to the other computer or will have to setup a network
type of connection. If you have to use the network type setup you have to share
the volume, or folder that you want to connect to. Once you have the
connection then you can use any file transfer program to move/copy your files,
Explore or a file manager program. To insure you are connected just open My
Computer and you will see the new drive(s) from the other computer.
Cat5 Crossover cable use:
First you need to obtain the cable, most electronic stores that have network
devices and cables for sale have them, they should be about the same price as a
normal Cat5 cable.
Next you have to setup the NIC's in each computer to the same subnet,
normally because you are not connecting to the internet and do not have to worry
about being hacked you can use 192.168.1.x. You can change the x to 1 for the
first system and 2 for the second system. Then you need to put in the subnet
mask which is 255.255.255.0. You can put in the gateway address as 192.168.1.3,
it doesn't matter what you use. Windows will balk with out the gateway address,
so use it.
For this to work you must set the 'Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP' option
table, or PDF was removed because it will not display on your device. Check back on a PC....
the WINS tab of the TCP/IP Properties Advanced tab.
You can designate one of the systems as the DNS controller and the
WINS controller with out actually installing the services, I suggest the first
computer ip for these address. This will assist when you are trying to connect
from one system to the other.
Note: Insure both network cards have the same speed and
duplex set, you can change these parameters from the properties page, then go to
the network card properties on the advanced tab. If the speed and duplex are not
the same the computers will not connect.
Now connect the cables and do a 'ping' command from each system to the other,
you should get a reply, if not then check your parameters. Then try 'ping'
command by each systems name, again you should get a reply, if not recheck your
Last thing about using the Cat5 crossover cable, security.
Because you are using a network connection you will have to setup the security,
that is you have to grant permission to one of the systems from the other
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Such as the first system we will call 'One' and the second system 'Two'.
System One needs to know that system Two is a trusted system. Create a user id
on both systems with the same name and password, say the name you use is
'Transfer' or something simple, give that id full rights (Administrator) to both
systems. Then on the volume or the folder you want to transfer your files give
'Transfer' full right to folder or volume.
Go to the second system and search for 'One' by name or IP, once you find it
right click on the icon, select 'Explore' if you have the security set correctly
it should open. Right click on the volume or drive and select 'Map network
drive', if a security box opens then use this format for the id: One/Transfer then type in the password you gave the id. It should connect and open a window
to the drive/volume. Start your copy process.
If you don't transfer files from one computer to another very often or this
is a one time deal then delete the transfer account and the crossover network
connection. This will insure someone that doesn't have rights to the computers
from gaining access with out your
USB or Cat5 Crossover Cables: A P.S.
I have been asked numerous times about turning a USB cable in to a Cat5
network cable or turning a Cat5 cable in to a USB cable. It would be easier,
cheaper, and faster to buy the cable you need.
You can not take a USB cable and make it in to a Cat5 network cable nor can
you take a Cat5 cable and turn it in to a USB cable.
You can use a cat5 or cat6 crossover cable to remote control another computer
however due to the preparatory nature of the USB file transfer cable you can not
use one for remote control of another computer...