View Full Version : Network over a parallel cable?

12-10-2001, 07:58 AM
I recently bought a new computer, but want to keep our old pentium 100 Toshiba laptop. I bought a parallel cable, and am able to hook up the 2 computers by way of LapLink (but not MS's Direct Cable COnnection). Unfortunately, this means I am able to transfer files and thats all.

Is it possible to network 2 computers by using a parallel cable?

12-10-2001, 06:25 PM
The only way I Know of is with direct cable connection, over a parallel cable.

Just out of curiosity why can't you use direct cable connection?

12-10-2001, 07:34 PM
No ideas here either.

What did you want to do with the network? With DCC you can share files and printers.

12-10-2001, 08:56 PM
I wanted to set up an IPX connection (I think thats it...?) because (generally) all games recognize that so I can play multiplayer. Plus printer, file, and if possible, connection (to the internet) sharing.

When I try to use DCC, i get 'Parallel cable disconnected.' after it tries to connect.

12-10-2001, 11:14 PM
it may be because you have a printer installed (not connected of course) and they customise the parallel port

13-10-2001, 12:13 AM
The main thing is, in the BIOS Setup, the parallel port needs to be setup as EPP on both machines for Direct cable connection over parallel port.

Pin Connections for a Parallel Cable

Make a parallel cable with male DB-25 connectors at both ends. Eleven wires
are required for data transmission.

25 pin 25 pin
====== ======
pin 2 <----> pin 15
pin 3 <----> pin 13
pin 4 <----> pin 12
pin 5 <----> pin 10
pin 6 <----> pin 11
pin 15 <----> pin 2
pin 13 <----> pin 3
pin 12 <----> pin 4
pin 10 <----> pin 5
pin 11 <----> pin 6
pin 25 <----> pin 25

13-10-2001, 04:52 PM
well, im not sure about the connections, they both look exactly the same, female, just like my printer plug. 25 pin each.

and im not sure about my BIOS settings, but i think they should be fine, as it worked with laplink. is this correct?