Networking between two computers
Thread poster: xxxSanjiv Sadan
xxxSanjiv Sadan
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May 14, 2006

I have two computers and whenever I need a file from any of these computers, I have no other option but to copy that file in a CD or Floppy and then load in the other computer. This is a time consuming process.

How can I do networking between these two computers as in that case I'll not have the need to use floppy or cd to have a file from the other computer.


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Hepburn  Identity Verified
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Twinning computers May 14, 2006

I have just bought a Wifi modem yesterday so that I can do just that. And I will let you know about the results once it is set up. I am not in a rush.

I believe you can also have infra red comunication if both computers are so equipped or if the worst comes to the worst you have to resort to cables linking your computers

I too am looking forward to hearing more about this, from experienced users of two computers.



[Edited at 2006-05-14 10:42]

[Edited at 2006-05-14 10:42]


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Robert Tucker
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Ethernet May 14, 2006

What you are currently doing is often called Sneakernet!

If you are just interested in a copper cable connection to start with then what you basically need is an Ethernet card (which may be “onboard” - i.e. part of the motherboard) installed in each computer and a crossover cable (I got one with my modem) connecting the two Ethernet cards. You should not need a hub or router for just two computers.

Having connected your two computers together you then need to configure them. There are many HowTo's and tutorials on the web - I thought this one looked promising:

http://www.homenethelp.com/home-network.asp

For configuration information skip to:

www.homenethelp.com/web/howto/HomeNet-config.asp


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Piotr Sawiec  Identity Verified
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home network May 14, 2006

If you do want a direct communication between two computers, you have to create a network. So either you will need to Ethernet cards and use a crosslinked cable, or WiFi cards (or preferably a router to create an access point and WiFi cards in each computer). In both case you create a home network, but working on different principles, depending on the method you use.

On the other hand, you can use pendrives, which are very fast and reliable. Using a floppy or CDs for this purpose is rather cumbersome nowadays. Everything depends how frequently you have to make such copies

Piotr


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Aliseo Japan  Identity Verified
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Definitely a router! May 14, 2006

Sanjiv Sadana wrote:

How can I do networking between these two computers as in that case I'll not have the need to use floppy or cd to have a file from the other computer.


A home router is the ideal solution for everybody having two or more computers. Usually these routers have four ports to which you can connect up to three computers and a printer through a print server (very cheap to buy and install), although different combinations are available, including additional wireless connections for your laptop.

By connecting an ADSL modem to the router you can also have all connected computers accessing the Internet simultaneusly once you have set up you Windows home network. Windows XP makes this operation especially easy and swift.

One you have this setup in place, you will keep asking yourself why you didn't do it before.

Kind regards

Mario Cerutti
http://www.aliseo.com


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Charlotte Blank  Identity Verified
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Network cable May 14, 2006

Hi Sanjiv,

I have been using a network cable for a few months now to connect my desktop pc to the notebook and it is working really marvellously.
Here's the url (this seems to be a newer version than mine, though): http://usbgear.com/computer_cable_details.cfm?sku=CANET103&cats=112&catid=508,106,141,508,106,141,112,160
You only have to install the driver, connect your pc's and off you go.
You can use it for setting up a permanent network or only when you need a file transfer, depending on the driver.

HTH!

Charlotte



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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
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RJ45-to-RJ45 crossover cable May 14, 2006

If you have WinXP on one computer and only need a network of two computers (both having their own network cards), you can just plug this cable to the network cards of both computers and run the home network wizard.
No need for a switch or router and the cable itself is fairly cheap.
I can also hot-swap my secondary computer (my main one is connected to an ADSL modem) with my laptop when I want to transfer files to it.
The Internet connection can also be shared, so you can browse the Net on the secondary computer.
Details can be found on http://www.hardwaregeeks.com/articles.php?action=show&showarticle=387 (Scenario 1)
Happy networking,
Philippe


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Evi Wollinger  Identity Verified
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online storage May 14, 2006

This is just a temporary solution, but I always run out of CD's (or the kids take them) and I never get around to setting up that network.
There are special websites that let you store files online, but I just e-mail the files I want to my gmail or yahoo address and then save them to my other computer, or I can access them from another location altogether, without having to worry about bringing my pendrive etc.


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espurna
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No router, no card... just one cable and some software May 15, 2006

If you just need interchange files between two computers, I think the easiest solution is Laplink or so. A program that lets you connect two computers through their serial (I guess) ports. I did use it for years when network cards, routers and so on where something deserved for high level specialists and large companies.
I do not know if there are freeware or shareware equivalents.

Espurna

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Anil Goyal  Identity Verified
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my choice Wireless router May 15, 2006

Mario Cerutti wrote:


One you have this setup in place, you will keep asking yourself why you didn't do it before.

Kind regards

Mario Cerutti
http://www.aliseo.com


Very true Mario. I installed the D-Link's DI-524 wireless router last week ($15 after mail in rebate) and just wondering why I didn't do this earlier. Smooth operation, wireless, excellent speed. And now I can work from any place of my home and any of the three desktops and a laptop I have on my home network!!

Strongly recommend.

Anil Goyal


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