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How To Connect Two Computers/Laptops Via LAN Cable For File Transfer

LAN or Ethernet cable is a fast way to transfer data between two computers or two laptops or a laptop and a computer. LAN cables can transfer data from one computer to other at speeds more than 50 MBps. This is much faster than USB 3.0 because USB 3.0 works fast only with faster storage devices. Suppose you have bought a new laptop/notebook and most of your data is stored on your older desktop's hard drive. Now you want to transfer the data from old PC hard drive to new laptop/notebook hard disk. Then you can connect both systems via LAN cable and transfer files at super high speeds upto 70 MBps depending on hard drive rpm. But connecting the cable is not enough, you have to make several settings. I am going to teach you how to connect two computers with a LAN or Ethernet cable and transfer data at high speeds.

lan cable cat6


  • Buy a LAN or Ethernet cable with Cat5e or Cat6 standard.
Note : Cat6 is faster than Cat5e. If you have 1000 T-Base Ethernet controller than you can get speeds upto 125 MBps. With Cat5e LAN cable the speed is upto 70 MBps.

Connect Two Computers/Laptops Via LAN Cable For High Speed File Transfer In Windows 7

  • Switch on both the systems. Connect the Cat6 cable to the LAN port on both computers.
  • On your old computer go to 'Control Panel>Network and Sharing Center'. Click 'Changed advanced sharing settings'.
  • Here choose 'Turn on network discovery' and 'Turn on file and printer sharing'. Click 'Save changes'.
  • Now share the drive in which your data is stored. Right click on that drive. Click 'Sharing>Advanced sharing>Share this folder>OK'.
  • Now on your new laptop/notebook repeat the steps 2 & 3 only to turn on network discovery.
  • Now open My Computer in new laptop and click 'Network' on the left pane. Your old computer will be visible in your laptop.

  • Double click to open it and enter the username and password of your desktop computer.

  • Now the shared drive will be seen here. Double click to open it. Copy all the files at once and paste them in the new laptop's hard drive.

  • You can use the same procedure to copy files from notebook to desktop hard drive.

This tutorial will save your time because with a LAN cable you can easily transfer 11GB data in just 3 minutes. Also it will be helpful when you buy new desktops or upgrade the hard drive. See how to upgrade laptop hard drive

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