Three easy ways to connect two computer for file sharing and Internet

by Rohit Khurana on March 8, 2008



One of our readers Rakesh is not able to connect his laptop and a desktop computer for file sharing. We will discuss three easy ways through which you can connect your laptop and your desktop together for file sharing and Internet, or simply how can you connect two computers with each other with three simple and fast methods.



Let’s discuss all the three methods one by one.

First Method: Using a Switch

1. Plug in LAN cables into both computer’s

2. Open Start >> Control panel and double click Network Connections.

3. Now, double click on Network Connection.

4. Click the Properties button and type the IP address “” to one computer and “” to the other computer following the same procedure as specified above, both with the same subnet as ““, leave rest of the fields blank, as shown in the image below, and click OK.



5. Now you need to rename the network names by right clicking on “My computer >> Properties

Click Computer Name tab.

6. Rename workgroup as “home” in both computers.

7. That’s it done, both of the computers will be connected thereafter.

Second Method: Using a LAN crossover cable

What is a Crossover cable?

Its a type of Networking / LAN cable to connect two computers mainly for file sharing available at all computer shops.

1. Connect both of the computers with the cross LAN cable.

2. Open Start >> Control Panel and double click the Network Connection, open LAN connection and click the properties button.

3. Select the option “Obtain the IP address automatically” in both the computers.

4. That’s it done, both of the computers will be connected thereafter.

Third Method: Using a special type of USB cable (USB-USB bridged cable)

Read about how to connect two computers with the third method here.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

baldeep singh March 18, 2008 at 11:13 am

this is the second time i’m writin u 4 da same prob is tht i hav got trojan on my pc. each drive is infected as the trojan transfers itself 2 other drives too. a folder with wierd name like 3g3g3g5j54j6j66lkkl4kh5k is formed, some update file is there in tht folder. when i delete that trojan, it gives the msg of access denied. i’m using mcafee 2008 and it is not detecting that trojan. last day i bought a new hard disk. as soon as i formated that drive on my infected pc, the trojan got transfered there also, a new folder was created with the name ‘system volume information’.cudn’t delete it too. i tried un-locker nd other things tht u mentioned, still i’m not gettin results!!!

Rohit March 18, 2008 at 7:57 pm

@ Baldeep

Update your antivirus with latest virus definitions and run a full system scan. And by the way, “System Volume information” is a folder created by Windows only for system restore purpose only. You can not delete it normally as it has system attributes attached to it and the default ownership of the folder lies with the System only. However there is a way to remove it, but it is not recommended to do so.

gaurav August 9, 2008 at 2:56 am

Hi, What is the procedure agter step 1. To access another computer? or its share folder?

sibastian September 2, 2009 at 1:43 pm

i want to know if the first method will use adsl cap

Vickie February 20, 2010 at 3:08 am

Hi, Does the method of using the switch above to connect 2 computers apply to connecting 2 desktop together?


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