How to Connect Two Computers Via LAN Cable in Windows 7



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How to Connect Two Computers

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This wikiHow teaches you how to connect two computers in order to share an internet connection or files.

Steps

Sharing Internet from Windows

  1. Connect the two computers with an Ethernet cable.Use an Ethernet cable to connect your two computers to one another.
    • You'll need an Ethernet to USB-C adapter to plug into your Mac's Thunderbolt 3 port before you can attach an Ethernet cable to a Mac.
  2. Open Start .Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
    • Make sure that you do this on the computer from which you're sharing Internet, not the one that you just connected.
  3. Open Control Panel.Type incontrol panel, then clickControl Panelwhen it appears at the top of theStartwindow.
  4. ClickNetwork and Internet.You'll find this heading on the left side of the Control Panel window.
    • If your Control Panel page has "Small icons" or "Large icons" written in the top-right corner, skip this step.
  5. ClickNetwork and Sharing Center.It's in the middle of the page. This will open a list of your current connections.
  6. ClickChange adapter settings.You'll find this option in the upper-left side of the window.
  7. Select both the Wi-Fi connection and the Ethernet connection.Click the computer icon that has "Wi-Fi" under it, then hold down the key and click the computer icon that has "Ethernet" under it.
  8. Right-click the Wi-Fi connection.Doing so prompts a drop-down menu to appear.
    • If your mouse doesn't have a right-click button, click the right side of the mouse or use two fingers to click the mouse.
    • If your computer uses a trackpad instead of a mouse, use two fingers to tap the trackpad or press the bottom-right side of the trackpad.

Sharing Internet from a Mac

  1. Connect the two computers with an Ethernet cable.Use an Ethernet cable to connect your two Mac computers to one another.
    • If connecting a Mac to another Mac, you'll need two Ethernet to USB-C adapters to plug into your Macs' Thunderbolt 3 ports before you can connect them via Ethernet.
  2. Open the Apple menu .Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear.
  3. ClickSystem Preferences….You'll find this option in the drop-down menu. Doing so opens the System Preferences window.
  4. ClickSharing.It's in the System Preferences window. A new window will open.
  5. Check the "Internet Sharing" box.This option is on the left side of the window.
  6. ClickWi-Fi.This option is in the drop-down menu.

Sharing Files from Windows to Windows

  1. Open Start .Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
    • Make sure that you do this on the computer from which you're sharing files.
  2. Open Control Panel.Type incontrol panel, then clickControl Panelwhen it appears at the top of theStartwindow.
  3. ClickNetwork and Internet.You'll find this heading on the left side of the Control Panel window.
    • If your Control Panel page has "Small icons" or "Large icons" written in the top-right corner, skip this step.
  4. ClickNetwork and Sharing Center.It's in the middle of the page.
  5. ClickAdvanced sharing settings.This link is in the upper-left corner of the window.
  6. Turn on file sharing.Check the "Turn on file and printer sharing" box below the "File and printer sharing" heading in the middle of the page.
  7. Open the other computer's File Explorer.Click the File Explorer icon, or openStartand click there.
  8. Click your first computer's name.You'll find it below theNetworkheading on the left side of the File Explorer window.
    • You may have to scroll down to find this option.
  9. Copy the shared folder onto your second computer.Click the folder that you want to copy, pressCtrl+C, go to a folder in which you want to store it, and pressCtrl+V.

Sharing Files from Mac to Mac

  1. Connect the two computers.Use an Ethernet cable to connect your two Mac computers to one another.
    • Unless one or both of the Macs are iMacs (desktop computers), you'll need two Ethernet to USB-C adapters to plug into your Macs' Thunderbolt 3 ports before you can connect them via Ethernet.
  2. Click .It's a menu item at the top of the screen. Clicking it prompts a drop-down menu.
    • If you don't seeGo, click the desktop to force it to appear.
    • Make sure that you're doing this on the Mac from which you want to transfer files.
  3. ClickConnect to Server.You'll find this option near the bottom of the drop-down menu.
  4. ClickBrowse.It's near the bottom of the Connect to Server window. A pop-up window with nearby computers will appear.
  5. Double-click the second Mac's name.You'll find this in the pop-up window.
  6. Enter the second computer's password when prompted.This will allow you to connect to the second computer.
    • If this doesn't work, try using the current computer's password.
  7. ClickConnect.It's in the lower-right side of the pop-up window.
  8. Open Finder.Click the Finder app icon, which resembles a blue face in your Mac's Dock.
  9. Move files onto the other Mac.Find a file that you want to move onto the second Mac, copy it by clicking it and pressingCommand+C, click the other Mac's name in the lower-left side of the Finder window, open your preferred folder, and pressCommand+V.

Sharing Files between Windows and Mac

  1. Connect the two computers.Use an Ethernet cable to connect your two computers to one another.
    • You'll need an Ethernet to USB-C adapter to plug into your Mac's Thunderbolt 3 port before you can attach an Ethernet cable to the Mac.
    • If both your Mac and your Windows computer are connected to the Internet, you can transfer the files over Wi-Fi; however, doing so will lead to much slower file transfers than if you use a cable.
  2. Enable file sharing on the Windows computer.To do so:
    • Open Control Panel by typingcontrol panelintoStartand then clickingControl Panel.
    • ClickNetwork and Sharing(skip this step if you see "Small" or "Large" in the upper-right side of the window).
    • ClickNetwork and Sharing Center
    • ClickAdvanced sharing settings
    • Check the "Turn on file and printer sharing" box.
  3. Enable file sharing on the Mac computer.To do so:
    • Open theApple menu
    • ClickSystem Preferences...
    • ClickSharing
    • Check the "File Sharing" box.
    • Change the "Everyone" permissions from "Read Only" to "Read & Write".
  4. Access the Mac's files from the Windows computer.You can do this from within the File Explorer:
    • OpenStart
    • ClickFile Explorer
    • Click the Mac's name below theNetworkheading on the left side of the File Explorer.
    • Open the shared folder.
    • Select the files that you want to save, then pressCtrl+C
    • Go to a folder on your computer and then pressCtrl+V.
  5. Access the Windows computer's files from the Mac.You can do this from within the Finder:
    • Open Finder.
    • Click your Windows computer's name in the lower-left side of the window.
    • Open the shared folder.
    • Select the files that you want to save, then pressCommand+C
    • Go to a folder on your Mac and then pressCommand+V.

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    Is it possible to connect computers with different operating systems to a network?
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    Follow the instructions above. This clearly indicates how to use a twisted pair wire to communicate between the two machines.
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    How can I connect to wireless internet while using a laptop?
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    Go into your settings on your laptop and open "Internet connections". You will be able to choose a wireless connection.
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    How do I connect computers together that are on different levels of the house?
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    That depends on how your house was wired. If it is a modern house, the cables built into or near the electrical outlets should be your answer. Find the correct adapter and plug in the first computer. Then hook up the second with a reverse connector. Plug the second machine into that connector. Then boot up the first machine while the second machine is still on; one is always the master, the others are just pawns.
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  • Question
    How can I create a network between two computers without an Ethernet cable or wireless connection, if both computers are using Windows 7?
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    You can't. Computers needs some way to communicate with each other in order to create a network.
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    How do I connect a second computer to a wireless network?
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    Just find your network, select it and input your password. If you don't have a wireless adapter on said computer, either hardwire the computer to your router or buy a wireless adapter.
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  • Question
    How do I connect to my work computer from home?
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    Assuming your network admin at work hasn't got it locked down, you could install teamviewer with unattended access on your work PC and connect to it from wherever you want. Make sure to check that this is OK for security reasons before you install anything, however.
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    How do I transfer large amounts of files (an entire music library) from one computer to another? Can I connect my old laptop to my new one and simply transfer the files?
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    Use a USB stick or portable hard drive, depending on the size of the files.
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    Is it possible to connect an old PC (Dell) to my Mac network?
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    Windows will not talk to a Macintosh. They use two different file systems and completely different protocols for exchanging files. As far as wireless communications go, although both use 802.11 (a, b, g, n, ac) for dual band ones, the protocol (or language) they use to talk to the respective routers is different. You can't hook a PC to an Apple Air router or a Mac to a PC's router wirelessly.
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    Can I connect two computers without a switch?
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    Yes. You could use bluetooth, which is easy to use.
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Quick Summary

1. Connect the two computers with an Ethernet cable.
2. Open the search bar and type ″control panel.″
3. ClickControl Panel.
4. ClickNetwork and Internet.
5. ClickNetwork and Sharing Center.
6. ClickChange adapter settings.
7. Select the Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections.
8. Right-click the Wi-Fi connection.
9. ClickBridge Connections.

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Warnings

  • Transferring files over Wi-Fi is almost always slower than using a cable.

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