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Can I use a network cable to connect two computers to share files?

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#1 +Elliot B.

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 21:55

I'm not sure if it's a crossover cable or a normal one.


If it's the wrong type that I need, I do have a switch. Can I use that in the center?

#2 giantpotato


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Posted 16 August 2013 - 22:06

Pretty much all recent NICs support automatic crossover so the cable doesn't matter anymore, but if both cards don't support it you would need a crossover cable.

#3 sc302


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Posted 17 August 2013 - 01:17

You only need one out of the two cards to support it.

#4 farmeunit


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Posted 17 August 2013 - 01:46

If you've got a switch, use it.  Then it won't matter.

#5 trek


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Posted 17 August 2013 - 08:35

If one is NIC gigabit then yes it will work regardless of cable type.

#6 Nilus



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Posted 17 August 2013 - 09:11

I haven't come across a nic in years which didn't support automatic crossover.

So you can just hook up both PCs with an ethernet and set a static IP on each, for example and and you should be able to copy files by connecting by the other machines IP.

#7 Xahid


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Posted 17 August 2013 - 09:16

I have connected 2 Servers having gigabit NIC with crossover cable Cat6, & they are working fine. (I didn't know you can use straight cable for giga NIC)

#8 UseLess



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Posted 17 August 2013 - 13:00

If you put a switch in the middle, but there is still no DHCP (e.g. router, windows server, etc) on the network, then its the same as connecting directly (unless you need to connect more than 2). Plug 'em together, assign a static IP to each (as per Nilus' suggestion) and bob's your uncle!


I would attempt to access the computers by IP, not name...just to be sure. so \\ rather than \\home_pc.