Connecting Just Two Computers

If you’re making a network of just two computers (say, to copy files from an old to a new computer), you might be able to take a shortcut and eliminate the need for a network switch or additional special hardware. If you want to add on to your network later, you can always add the extra gear then.

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Microsoft is encouraging the use of a special USB cable for use by the Windows Easy Transfer program, for people who don’t have a network. However, you can just as easily (and much less expensively) use an Ethernet crossover cable.

If you are connecting two computers, simply run a special cable called an Ethernet ...

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