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#1 11 years ago

Hey, i'm getting a new laptop pretty soon thank god and well i need to transfer some files, i'd hate to buy a hard drive, and i have but a mere 512mb storage device which is a detachable half of my mp3 player. If i were to use the mp3 player method though i would have to split all my files and it would take forever. And well a hard drive means money obviously. So my friend told me i could transfer by hooking the old and new computer up by ethernet cables. But does anyone know exactly how to do that. And what would it be like, an interent connection, or would i be able to control one computer with the other or something? Or in the my computer folder would the laptop show up? I'm just a bit lost.




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#2 11 years ago

IIRC you can get a Crossover cable (typically a orange cable) and hook the two together and network them into same workgroup and share files by dragging and dropping from one to the other.




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#3 11 years ago

Alright thanks but what does IIRC mean, and in what ports would the cross over cable go into, oh yeah and what's a work group.

Actually i have 3 computers right now, sharing the connection my brothers and my sisters i have the router, does that mean were all in a work group.




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#4 11 years ago

If I Remember Correctly.




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#5 11 years ago

oh ok




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#6 11 years ago

If your router and laptop have wireless connections (WiFI), you don't even need to bother with the ethernet cable - just connect. It is slower than ethernet, though. If not, then you can just use a regular ethernet cable to connect the laptop to the router.

Sorry, but I'm not sure about work groups. There's an option to set it up in the Network Setup Wizard in the Control Panel of Windows XP, but I don't think it's there in 95/98/ME and don't know about 2000. Just make sure it's the same on all the computers.




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#7 11 years ago

A Work Group, is simply the name Microsoft gave to a collection of computers that were connected together. (Networked) It is like an Internet Connection. Well, actually an Internet Connection is like a BIG Network connection, since the Network, or the "Intranet" came first.

To connect computers together with Ethernet, you need the following.

A Switch, or an Ethernet Hub, or a Router. The Router would likely be the easiest, and most effect solution. From here on, I will call this the "Box".

You will also need an Ethernet cable for each computer, which is atleast a CAT5 cable. "The wire".

Both the wire, and the box have speed limitations. If you buy a gigabit (10/100/1000) box, but only buy a 10base-T wire (CAT3), you will only get 10mpbs, or maybe 100mpbs. For a gigabit box, you will likely need a Cat6 cable, although a CAT5 (100mpbs) may work.

A Cross-Over Ethernet cable is used to connect only 2 computers, without the router, or hub, or switch. It is incompatible with these devices.

Then you should power up the "box", and then connect the first computer. Connect the second computer, and see if you can connect. Depending on the type of "box" you got, you may need to run the "Networking Wizard".




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#8 11 years ago

Monster_user;3444001A Work Group, is simply the name Microsoft gave to a collection of computers that were connected together. (Networked) It is like an Internet Connection. Well, actually an Internet Connection is like a BIG Network connection, since the Network, or the "Intranet" came first.

To connect computers together with Ethernet, you need the following.

A Switch, or an Ethernet Hub, or a Router. The Router would likely be the easiest, and most effect solution. From here on, I will call this the "Box".

You will also need an Ethernet cable for each computer, which is atleast a CAT5 cable. "The wire".

Both the wire, and the box have speed limitations. If you buy a gigabit (10/100/1000) box, but only buy a 10base-T wire (CAT3), you will only get 10mpbs, or maybe 100mpbs. For a gigabit box, you will likely need a Cat6 cable, although a CAT5 (100mpbs) may work.

A Cross-Over Ethernet cable is used to connect only 2 computers, without the router, or hub, or switch. It is incompatible with these devices.

Then you should power up the "box", and then connect the first computer. Connect the second computer, and see if you can connect. Depending on the type of "box" you got, you may need to run the "Networking Wizard".

So if i were to go with the first method i would keep this computer wired as it is now and then take the other computer put the ethernet cable in another router port and connect it to the laptop, and then try to connect to it in the network setup wizard, right?

And for the second method i don't even need the interent connection, right? I just connect the cross over cable in between the desktop i am using right this second and the laptob i will use, right? And then once again of course try and connect via the network setup wizard, right?




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#9 11 years ago

gamer105;3444337So if i were to go with the first method i would keep this computer wired as it is now and then take the other computer put the ethernet cable in another router port and connect it to the laptop, and then try to connect to it in the network setup wizard, right? [/quote] Yes. In the Network Setup Wizard, you need to tell it to connect to an existing LAN Network connection.

[QUOTE=gamer105;3444337]And for the second method i don't even need the interent connection, right? I just connect the cross over cable in between the desktop i am using right this second and the laptob i will use, right? And then once again of course try and connect via the network setup wizard, right?

Yep.




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#10 11 years ago

Alright, danke sehr.