Connect PCs via USB Cable in Windows – How to

USB stands for Universal Serial/Synchronous  Bus, it is a technology which offers high data transfer rates between a device and a computer. USB these days is used to connect almost any kind of device to the computer and the best part of USB is that you can have multiple devices (up to 127) connected to the same USB port at the back of your computer.

All you will need will be splitting USB cable to make the tree of USB devices. Connecting peripheral devices is the major use of USB, but have you ever thought of connecting two computers together using a USB connection.

Of course for this you will need a special USB cable which is same at both the ends so that it can connect to the two computers. But only connecting the two computers will not be enough.

In this post we will show you how to accomplish this kind of networking. This can be of great help if you have to transfer large amount of data from one computer to another. Transfer over the Ethernet connection, or using a flash drive will be very slow if compared to the transfer speed of USB connection.

Here are the Steps of how to go about connecting computers via USB for Data Transfers in Windows OS:

  1. Connect the USB cable to both the computer, since the cable that are generally available are not that long, we would recommend to get both the computer to be side-by-side.
  2. If the computer are Off, Boot them and wait for the desktop to Appear, If they are Already ON, wait for a minute to let the PCs attached USB Cable detect each other.
  3. Not click on Start > Control Panel > Network Connection.
  4. In the Network Connection window, on the TOP right below the address bar, you would see “Set up a new Connection”, Click on that and hit NEXT
  5. Now, Select “Set up advance connection” and hit the NEXT Button
  6. Now Select “Connect directly to another Computer” Click on the NEXT Button, it will ask for some additional information and once the Wizard finishes, the 2 computers are connected to each other.

Now you can share and transfer data between the two computers. Please note that USB has become quite an old technology now and there are many USB standards available in the market.

The actual rate of transfer will depend upon the lowest speed of any of the following:

1. USB controller on your motherboard.
2. Speed of the cable.

If you have a high speed cable but the controllers are slow then it will be slower or say, you have a low speed cable and the controller is capable of high speed data transfer, still it will be slower. So please make sure that you use the correct cable to get the maximum out of it.



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