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Networking laptop to desktop, easy and how?
    #1634554 - 06/15/03 05:33 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Ok, I know there is a similar thread about this but Im only interested in file sharing between my laptop and my desktop pc.

I haven't recieved my laptop yet and Im not sure what platform it is running. My desktop is Windows ME. Aside from that to share files between computers what do I need, I mean do I just hook em together with a usb cable? if so then what?. I hope I don't need any software because my cdrom drive is broke on my desktop. Thanks for your help.


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Re: Networking laptop to desktop, easy and how? [Re: TackleBerry]
    #1634879 - 06/15/03 12:50 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

I'm not sure if you can do it through USB..But you could buy some CAT-5 cable, a router, and go from there....Fairly basic, and pretty cheap...

You could also go Wi-Fi but thats more $$....


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Re: Networking laptop to desktop, easy and how? [Re: TackleBerry]
    #1638705 - 06/17/03 01:02 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Me has really cruddy usb networking support, so your best bet, asuming that your desktop PC has a network card in it, is just to buy what is called a crossover cable, and thats all the equipment that you'd need.


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Re: Networking laptop to desktop, easy and how? [Re: IdLeMiND]
    #1644139 - 06/19/03 10:58 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Thanks! But will I need some sort of program?


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Re: Networking laptop to desktop, easy and how? [Re: TackleBerry]
    #1644742 - 06/19/03 02:27 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

No, just enable file sharing on your computer, search under help for file sharing to find out excately how, you will have to enable sharing and and printing for your printer and C: drive.


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Re: Networking laptop to desktop, easy and how? [Re: SafeHaven]
    #1645284 - 06/19/03 05:17 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

if you have a cable modem or dsl, get a router and nic cards and you can file print share as well and the internet. Very simple to set up.

Or you can just get 2 nic cards and a crossover cat 5 cable. You have to get a cross over cable if your going card to card. Not if you going to router/hub/switch.

dont even bother with usb


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Re: Networking laptop to desktop, easy and how? [Re: baraka]
    #1645311 - 06/19/03 05:27 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

He'd have to install netbeui in order to share the files, no?


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Re: Networking laptop to desktop, easy and how? [Re: Gumby]
    #1650221 - 06/21/03 04:02 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

just get a crossover cable.
connect one end to the laptop and one end to the desktop..

save a couple bux


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Re: Networking laptop to desktop, easy and how? [Re: ricyjo]
    #1651670 - 06/21/03 07:33 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Does the laptop have built in ethernet?
Otherwise you're going to have to get a pcmcia network card for most of the above to work (?20 off ebay).

The usb cable idea should work, I've never tried it myself.

The easiest way (IMHO) is to connect them with a serial cable (AKA: null-modem cable).
These cost about ?5, you plug one end into the laptop other into the desktop, and let network wizard setup the protocols to be used.
Another option is a parallel port cable. Someone makes one specially adapted to work as a network cable between a laptop and a desktop, and it gives better transfer rates, but is more expensive.

Netbeui is the absolute easiest protocol to setup, but don't expect to be doing anymore than sharing files with it. (also I think they left it out of XP or something).
IPX/SPX is also pretty easy nowadays, and you can play games etc over it.


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