How can I connect two computers together, bypassing a network?

I would like to connect 2 windows 10 computers, that are currently on a network, for the purpose for transferring data from one system to another regularly.  The computers are on the same desk.
I need to bypass the network, since I don't want network traffic to be affected in any way etc..

Is there a simple way to connect 2 Windows 10 computers together, which would allow data transfer?
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Curt PetriccaIT TechnicianCommented:
Connect them together with a crossover cable and use static IPs on the same IP network.

First PC IP SM No GW
Second PC IP SM No GW
Depends on how you want to connect.  Wireless ad hoc network would be the easier method.  You will need a crossover cable to connect the system via an Ethernet cable.

Wireless Ad Hoc Network

To connect two computers with a crossover cable
1.Plug each end of the crossover cable into a network port on the back of each computer.
2. On one of the computers that's running this version of Windows, do the following:
Open Network and Sharing Center by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type network, and then click Network and Sharing Center.
3. In the network map at the top of Network and Sharing Center, double-click the Unidentified network‍ icon. (If you have more than one network, this icon will be labeled Multiple networks.)
4. If network discovery and file sharing are turned off, in Network, click the information bar containing the following message: "Network discovery and file sharing are turned off. Network computers and devices are not visible. Click to change...," and then click Turn on network discovery and file sharing. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
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Curt PetriccaIT TechnicianCommented:
I guess we all should be asking how large is the data to be synced? Is there a reason why you don't want to use the normal network? Since they are on the same desk you can always just put a cheap gigabit switch on the desk and plug them both into it.
With a crossover cable he'd be off the standard LAN, which is what he wants to bypass. If the NIC's of the PC's aren't very old, you probably don't even need a crossover cable and a normal patch cable will do, as many modern NIC's do that automatically. Look if your NIC is MDIX capable.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Is this a single time data transfer?  If yes then copy the data to USB drive and move it to another PC.
100questionsAuthor Commented:
Will any of these methods still allow both systems to be on the network - yet communicate with each other bypassing the network for data transfers?
Data transfers could be in GBs.  This is not a single time transfer.
You'd need a 2nd NIC for each PC. Some Mainboards already have 2 NIC's onboard. On the other hand a PCI or PCIe gigabit NIC is cheap. Once you have them installed, make sure they use a separate subnet, and then when mapping/copying always use the IP address of that NIC to make sure it uses the correct LAN.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
The USB bridged cable I described above does this.
100questionsAuthor Commented:
@rindi - will a USB NIC work, or do I need to install NIC internal cards in each PC?
It would work, but internal cards are usually cheaper and easier to get. Besides that USB NIC's are usually only 100MB, while internal 1GB NIC's are practically standard these days. The transfer speed using a 1GB on both PC's would be a lot faster.

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100questionsAuthor Commented:
Thank you. Have not tried this.
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