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By bulat ·
I need to know how to do a direct cable connection between 2 PC's. What kind of things & tools do I use & need? Can 2 PC's with different OS be connected? I have tried following the steps that was given by the help files in windows but it's seem useless.
Many thank's to those whose take time in helping me out.

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by par4metoday In reply to Direct cable connection

I did this a long time ago. I think what you have to do is get a 25 M to 25M cable and hook one end up to parallel port on first pc and likewise the second pc you have to first make sure the direct cable connection is installed. Then shutdown bothpc's hook them up then re-boot. You might have to go into direct cable connection settings and name each one of the pc's like guest one, guest two something like that. I do believe you can have two different operating systems.

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by earnest In reply to Direct cable connection

There are several ways in hardware to "Network" multiple pc. One way is the one above usually linking either serial or parallel ports using some kind of third party software as the transport. This is usually done to quickly move file from one pc to another. The other way is truly networking using Nic cards, carbles, etc.
1. The first is using a backbone cable that forms a Buss (Straight line). Other pc connect to the buss. You need a thin net coax cable and nic cards with bnc connectors. Eachconnection from the main cable attached with a "T" should be about 6 feet.
2. Another way uses a Nic card with twisted pair cables. They can either connect to a hub < some inexpensive ones with 4-5 ports. Using "CAT-5 twisted pair cables" each would connect to the hub and the hub provides the logical bus. Or if just two PC wanted use a twisted pair cable with a crossover. This crosses over Tx data and Rx data. Both types of connections would use a Nic card with an rj-45 tx connection.
Ways 1/2 would require enabling approriate protocols and clients and driver software on each pc. The operating systems wouldn't need to be the same but would have to have compatible protocols/clients/drivers loaded to talk to the others, But files, printers etc could be shared with the others.

Hope this helps;
Bo

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by rucinski In reply to Direct cable connection

Method 1: (Best) Buy a Net card for each machine. Try to get a "combo" card with 10/100 baseT and ThinNet (BNC) connectors. They go for $20-40. Laptop credit cards are slightly more expensive. I use a Xircom in my laptop (lifetime warranty!) and it is also a 56K modem. So wherever I take my laptop I can plug it in to any network short of AppleTalk. In Win you'll have to install NETBEUI under Networks in Control Panel and then enable File Sharing BOTH under Networks and File Manager.For the true road warrior, http://www.hurricane-computers.com/ or your favorite computer store and purchase a LapLink Cable. Parallel ($7) is faster than Serial ($10), but it depends which port(s) are free. This is a simple and cheap solution. These special cables are required because certain pins need to be swapped.

I rolled my own with a DB25 break out box from Radio Shack. But as you're experiencing, this requires some time, technical knowledge and costs about the same. I'm probably 5% of users that have 2 Parallel and 2 Serial and a Net card. The instructions are in the "Old DOS" section of the Win CD under HELP.

What I carry is one 25' full (all 25 pins) Male-Male DB25 cable, 2 M-M adapters, 2 F-F adapters, a Null-Modem adapter (Serial) a LapLink adapter, a DB25 to DB9 adapter, a Male Centronics to DB25 adapter and a Female DB25 adapter.

This allows me to connect to any machine, including Apples and Macs (receive data only), and printers with a minimum of stuff to carry around. I simply unplug the printer which is usually easier than crawling under a desk to get at the back of the machine.

Now to the software. For a straight DOS box, use InterServer and InterLink from DOS 6. For Windows, Try Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Communications -> Direct Cable Connection. If it's not there, pull out the Win CD and install it.

Bob

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by rucinski In reply to Direct cable connection

Then enable File Sharing under File Manager or Explorer. Both machines should have the same WORKGROUP name.

Caution: Your ISP's dial-up software should disable Sharing while on-line. It is alos best to password protect the Share.

Bob

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by Steed In reply to Direct cable connection

Depends what you want to do. the best thing to do is get yourself a copy of something like Laplink or pcAnywhere(semantec). Do connect however using a null modem cable. Make sure if you're buying a cable specifically for this purpose that it is 'straight through' rather than 'cross over'. Cross over cable probably wont be any good to you. Happy Hunting!

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by agiias In reply to Direct cable connection

WIN95 Direct Cabel Connection - Com1
NETWORK - PROPERTIES: Installed Components
(manufacturer=Microsoft)
Client for Microsoft Networks
Microsoft Family Logon
Dial-Up Adapter
IPX/SPX compatible Protocol
TCP/IP
File&Printer sharing Microsoft Networks
Primary Network Logon
Microsoft Family Logon
File and Printer Sharing
Both checked
Highlight installed component Dial-Up Adapter, select PROPERTIES-BINDINGS both TCP/IP and IXP/SPX protocals checked
The HOST must have a shared resource - set a host drive to shared
Start DCC on host - select listen
Start DCC on guest - select connect

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