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Can you connect two computers via USB cable?

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Can you connect two comptuers via one USB cable?
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http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/248 ... LOL - funny, who can google faster ... ;)
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al4629740,

You can do it with a cable that is often called a USB Patch cable or a USB network cable.  It isn't a normal USB cable.  The special cable usually makes this as simple as plug in and the computers are connected.  A simple way to tell is to look at the connector on each end.  If they aren't the same then it isn't one of these special cables.

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

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Once you connect the cable, how do you see the other drive on the computer?  Does it need to be set up the same as a network?
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Yes, when connecting via USB cable it's the same as a network.  There MAY be other ways to do it that would require software to be installed on both computers and then "seeing" the other computer might be different.
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If you get one of the special cables and your OS is current and supported then you usually do not need software or special network setup.  For example look at this cable from Belkin (http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=275561).  That type of cable is available from other makers too and will save steps of network setup or requiring software.

Let me know if you have a question.

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Can I ask what you are trying to accomplish? You may be better off in some situations just using a crossover network cable if both PC's have a network card in them. No need for USB cable.

Plus if one of the machines is older and has a USB 1.1 port the max throughput I believe is 12mbs where USB 2.0 is 480mbs. I network card would be 10/100/1000 mbs depending on the card/age.

Good Luck
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I'm glad I could help.  Thanks for the grade, the points and the fun question.

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