USB stands for Universal Serial Bus, and it is a technology which offers high data transfer rates between a device and a computer. USB these days is used to connect almost any kind of device to the computer and the best part of USB is that you can have multiple devices (up to 127) connected to the same USB port at the back of your computer. All you will need will be splitting USB cable to make the tree of USB devices. Connecting peripheral devices is the major use of USB, but have you ever thought of connecting two computers together using a USB connection. Of course for this you will need a special USB cable which is same at both the ends so that it can connect to the two computers. But only connecting the two computers will not be enough and in this post I will let you know how to accomplish this kind of networking. This can be of great help if you have to transfer large amount of data from one computer to another, because transfer over the Ethernet connection, or using a flash drive will be very slow if compared to the transfer speed of USB connection.
Let us go ahead and get to the steps of doing the same.
Step 1: Connect the cable to both the computers and since such cable is not very long so it would be good if you keep the two CPUs side by side and connect the cable to the front panel USB ports.
Step 2: If your computers are off then turn them on now and then wait for the desktop to appear. If they were already on then wait for a minute so that USB detects itself.
Step 3: Now click on the ‘Start’ button and then open the ‘Control Panel’. In ‘Control Panel’, open ‘Network Connections’ window.
Step 4: Once you have the ‘Network Connections’ window open click on ‘Set up New Connection’ option and then click on ‘Next’.
Step 5: Now select the option called ‘Setup Advance Connection’ and make the obvious selections. This will connect the two computers together over USB and then click on ‘Next’.
Step 6: Now select ‘Connect Directly to Another Computer’ and click on ‘Next’. It will further ask for some other information and once this wizard ends, the two computers will be connected together.
Now you can share and transfer data between the two computers. Please note that USB has become quite an old technology now and there are many USB standards available in the market. The actual rate of transfer will depend upon the lowest speed of any of the following: 1. USB controller on your motherboard, and 2. speed of the cable. If you have a high speed cable but the controllers are slow then it will be slower and vice versa. So please make sure that you use the correct cable to get the maximum out of it.