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crossover cable help needed

by Apexs / January 11, 2013 6:53 PM PST

Hi i have connected my gf's laptop to my desktop via a crossover Ethernet cable in order to transfer a large amount of files.

Both also have a wireless connection to the router in the house of course and iv noticed unless i remove the wireless adapter from my desktop the files are transferring over the wifi and not the faster cable connection.

Firstly is this normal? or is there a way to tell the desktop and laptop to use the cable and not the wifi without removing it because its very annoying not having any internet connection while the files are moving over.

Thanks for your help!

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Manually Configure Addresses
by sunwatcher / January 11, 2013 9:45 PM PST

You need to manually configure the laptop IP addresses of the wired adapters. The IP addresses must be on a subnet different from your router's network.

If your router uses 192.168.1.x, set your wired adapters to use:

PC1:, subnet mask
PC2:, subnet mask

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In addition...
by sunwatcher / January 11, 2013 9:49 PM PST

I would suggest turning off the wireless adapter on one of the laptops if you don't need internet access during the file transfer.

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good tips
by Apexs / January 11, 2013 11:44 PM PST
In reply to: In addition...

Thanks for the tips,

what a pain it is to do something that you would expect to be quite a simple task.

what is the best way to findout if the data is sending over the wifi or cable? if there is a way other then turning one of them off, thanks

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Open the Network and Sharing center
by wpgwpg / January 11, 2013 11:50 PM PST
In reply to: good tips

From the Network and Sharing center, you can click on the connections to bring up the Status screen. That will show how many bytes have been send and received for each connection.

Good luck.

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