The most common device today we use to transfer files from one computer to another is an external hard drive or the USB flash drive. Compared to 2 – 3 years ago, the technology has now improved a lot and you can get more than 48MBps of data speed. Nevertheless, if you don’t have access to a high-speed external hard drive or a USB flash drive you can use a LAN cable to transfer files from one computer to another. In today’s post, we will learn how to transfer files between computers using a LAN cable.
The advantage of using a LAN cable to transfer files between computers is that you don’t need to have an external storage device like USB flash drive or an external hard drive. Even if you have a USB flash drive, the possibility is that you have a 16GB or 32GB USB flash drive and if you want to transfer a hundred gigs of data from one computer to another computer, you cannot do that with your 32GB USB drive. Even, if you choose to transfer data in parts, it will be a frustrating task.
However, this is not the case when you use LAN cable to transfer files from one computer to another. All you have to do is set up your LAN connection with proper IP address and start sharing files. Here you can directly transfer any amount of data to another computer with ease without having to use USB flash drive or external hard drive.
This also comes in handy, if you have multiple computers at home, and you frequently share files to one computer from another computer.
Transfer Files From One Computer to Another Using LAN Cable
To know how to transfer Files from one computer to another Using LAN cable you can follow the steps given below. Once you have set up everything, you can transfer files anytime with few clicks. So, let’s get started.
A cross-over LAN cable to connect both the computers (You can use an ordinary Ethernet cable if the hardware has auto sense ).
Follow these steps to know how to transfer Files from one computer to another using LAN cable.
Step 1: Connect LAN cable to Computer
Take your cross-over LAN cable and connect it to your computer using the LAN port. This should not take more than a minute if you know where the LAN ports are.
Step 2: Enable Sharing on Computers
Once you have connected both the computers, it’s time to enable file sharing on both the computers.
To do this go to Control Panel, click on Network and Internet, open Network and Sharing Center and click on Advance Sharing Settings.
Click on your Current profile to expand it. Under Network Discovery, select “Turn on Network Discovery“.
Next, click on All Network to expand it. Under Password protected sharing center select “Turn off password protected sharing”.
Click on “Save Changes” button to save the settings.
Step 3: Connect Both the Computers to the same Network
Now you have to bring both the computers on the same network. For this, you need to make changes in your network connection settings.
Go to “Control Panel“, click on “Network and Internet” and select “Network Connections“.
Right-click on your “Local Area Connection” and select “Properties”.
Under properties window, double-click on “TCP / IP v4” to open its properties.
Select “Use the following IP address:“
On your first computer enter the following values:
IP Address 192.168.1.1
Subnet mask 126.96.36.199
Default gateway 192.168.1.3
On your second computer enter the following values:
IP Address 192.168.1.3
Subnet mask 188.8.131.52
Default gateway 192.168.1.1
Click on the OK button to save the Settings on both the computers. If everything went right, then you should be able to see both the computers under Network section of your PC.
Step 4: Sharing Folders
Now that you have set up both the computers and have the LAN cable connected to both the computers, you are all set to transfer the files between your computers. Now go to your computer one, and navigate to the location from where your folder is located. Right-click on the folder that you want to share using LAN cable with another computer and select ” Share with” from the option.
When you hover over “Share with” you should see more options. Select “Specific people” from the options.
It will open a “File Share” window. Click on the drop-down arrow button and select everyone. Click on Add button and then click on Share button finally. That’s it. You have successfully shared the folder with another computer.
Step 5: Transfer Files using LAN Cable
Now that you have shared your folder with another computer and that computer has access to your shared folder, it’s time to transfer files from that shared folder to your computer. Note that, you can only transfer files from the folders that are already shared. So, repeat the step 4 for every folder that you want to share with another computer.
To transfer files from the shared folder, open My Computer, from the left pane click on Network and click on your first computer name. Here you will find the shared folder. Open the folder, copy all the files you want to transfer to another computer.
Now paste the files into your second computer’s hard drive or external hard disk. The transfer may take somewhere between minutes to hours depending on your file size.
Remove Share Folder
If you don’t want to share the folder with another PC then you can stop it. Right-click on the folder, go to Share with and select Specific People. Under share names, click on Everyone, and from the right side under permission click on the drop-down arrow icon and select Remove.
So, this was about how to transfer files from one computer to another using LAN cable. Do let us know your views in the comments below.