There are multiple options to transferring files between PCs or laptops , and your first instinct may be to turn turn to your USB memory strick or wireless network .But if you need to transfer files quickly and efficiently , and the two machines are in the same vicinity , by far the fastest method is the trusty old Ethernet cable.
Ethernet cables are primarily used for wiring up local networks and connecting PCs to routers for wired internet access.This makes them ideal for file transfer.
– Transfer files up to the speed of 125MB/s
– At least 1GB of file transfer in 10 seconds.
Here’s how to set up your Ethernet cable for super fast file sharing :
Step 1: Link the two PCs with the Ethernet Cable
Ethernet cables can be picked up for just a couple of dollars. You will need a crossover Ethernet cable to connect two computers together. To get started slot one end of the cable in to the first computer and then slot the other end in to the second computer. Each end of the cable and each port are identical.
Step 2: Turn Off Password On PC 1
If you just want to quickly transfer file between your own two PCs , there ‘s no need to mess around with password and security.
On the PC With the files you want to share ,open the Network and sharing Center from the system tray , or from within Control panel , and then go to change Advanced Sharing Settings.
Step 3: Create IP Address
Go back to the main Network and sharing center window and there should be an option that says either Local Area Connection or Ethernet . Click this and then open properties in the new window.
From here select Internet Protocol Version 4 and click Properties.
You now need to set your own IP Address so PC 2 can recognize it. This isn’t the IP Address of the computer, your internet connection, or anything else. You can literally making it up. In our example, we use 192.168.1.20 and this should work for you as well. The Subnet mask will fill automatically.
In Default gateway re-enter the IP Address, but change the final digit to 1, so it reads 192.168.1.21
Repeat this process for PC 2, but in the IP Address field enter the Default gateway from PC 1, and in Default gateway enter the IP Address from PC 1.
This is what you should end up with:
Step 4: Share Your Folder
From the drop down menu, select Everyone and click Add. Then click the downward facing arrow next to Read and change it to Read/Write. Steps are highlighted below with figures.
Once done, click Share and repeat the process for all of the files or folders you wish to transfer to PC 2.
Step 5: Complete Transfer