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03-04-2003, 17:16:04
Is it possible to connect two PCs with a USB cable and what software do I need to do this?

I'm sure someone, somewhere knows the answer...


Sir Penguin
04-04-2003, 00:00:30
I don't know. There's not much point in having a 480 Mbps network when you can have 1000BaseT. :)


04-04-2003, 00:07:33
You need a 2 unit head to head USB hub. And simple file sharing, from what I remember. But I've never done this. Seen it listed in a store, so no telling what that might have left out.

04-04-2003, 08:58:54
I've got one. Its pretty easy - just a cable with a USB port on each end and a little box in the middle. Works OK but a little slowly over USB1. Dont know if with USB 2 it would be better. In theory you can connect mutiple computers if as long as you have multiple USB ports and cables. The one I have comes with router software that allows a USB networked computer to see a normal network that over the USB link.

Basically its fine if you just want to plug your laptop into your desktop and I guess you could play games over it but its more a "easy to use" solution than a "best way of doing it" one.

Mine can be a little bit tempremental although that maybe due to my PC being win98 and the laptop 2K

04-04-2003, 09:03:26
Originally posted by Sir Penguin
I don't know. There's not much point in having a 480 Mbps network when you can have 1000BaseT. :)

He's using USB2?
I assumed 12Mbps USB1.1.

Sir Penguin
04-04-2003, 20:05:54
I dunno. I assumed 480 Mbps high-speed USB.


08-04-2003, 23:00:49
Forgive my ignorance in not saying thanks earlier.

It is as I feared. Its going to cost me some cash and all I want to do is transfer some files to my new PC!


Sir Penguin
08-04-2003, 23:54:45
If that's all you want to do, you could set up a connection between the computers using a parallel cable (C$5-10). It would be geeky, though, so you probably don't want to do it.


09-04-2003, 03:30:30
I still keep my 10 megabit ethernet cards around, and they're slower than USB 1.1. Wireless only gets to 11 megabits IIRC. I think the parallel port is slower than anything else except serial and PS/2.

09-04-2003, 09:37:12
Parrallel is very slow, the USB is faster. The one I had cost about 20 quid from maplins

Sir Penguin
09-04-2003, 09:57:26
Parallel has a maximum of around 1 Mbps, I think (limited by a lot of things, though; normally you would get 5-50 Kbps). But, if you've got a free dump nearby, there's bound to be a good cable there (or at least the makings of a good cable) unless you live in, like, Chad.


09-04-2003, 11:01:46
Taz, have you got a CD writer? Write the data to CD.

Resource Consumer
09-04-2003, 11:32:50
use a pencil and paper

09-04-2003, 18:30:47
Originally posted by Funkodrom
Taz, have you got a CD writer? Write the data to CD. The CD writer is in my new PC...

I might just shell out for a parallel cable - its only two or three Gig I need to transfer - how long could that take?

Scabrous Birdseed
09-04-2003, 19:30:04
How about connecting the hard drive of the old PC to the new PC, and just transfer stuff straight over? It's child's play- just change the jumper to the "slave" position, slot it into your primary IDE cable and one of the power cables, boot up and the device should be there.

Er, I guess one of the PCs might be a Laptop.

Sir Penguin
10-04-2003, 00:09:00
Ever used a modem, TAZ? Transferring over a parallel cable is about the same speed as downloading over a modem. Transferring a few gigabytes will take many days. :)

If you want to be boring, transfer the hard drive. It won't impress girls, I can promise you that.