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lazydog
16-12-2004, 02:05 PM
is it possible two join/network two computers together using a usb cable?. Just curious.
:rolleyes:
Cheers,lazydog

HadO
16-12-2004, 02:07 PM
Yes it is with some sort of software but i have never done it.

Ethernet is much better - you can also do it with FireWire which XP has native support for.

Spout
16-12-2004, 02:12 PM
Yes. There are kits available for datasharing and/or networking. DSE have one example: XH8177

http://www.dse.co.nz/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/41c0e227037cd8cc273fc0a87f990749/Product/View/XH8177

lazydog
16-12-2004, 02:25 PM
Thanks for the quick replies. Will look into it. I have firewire on my computer (which was previously used for networking by previous owner) but the computer that i want to network to is an old P2 300mhz that i brought for the kids to learn on. It has usb and i've just been givin a network card for it but it will use up the last slot left in there computer. Thats ok though. Just have to by a cable to join them togeter. Do i just ask fot a network cable or is thier different cables for different networks?.
Cheers,Laydog

ILikeLinux
16-12-2004, 02:36 PM
yes there are different cable types, the main ones are normal network cable used for connecting a computer to a switch or hub, then there is a crossover cable that is wired a special way so that you can connect it staright to another computer.

If you hold both ends together side by side, if they are both visibly the same (colored wires bot go in the same order) you have a normal network able.

edit: sorry read post wrong, but i have stated what cable you want, and also how to tell them apart.

Graham L
16-12-2004, 02:41 PM
A standard USb cable won't do it. You need a cable with two type A (the big ones) plugs, and a box with some electronics in the middle. DSE probably call it a "USB Link cable". It will cost more than a plain cable, but most computer shops will have them --- shop around. :cool:

george12
16-12-2004, 02:43 PM
They're not that much though. Around $20 - $40, and it can be simpler for you to set up than a proper network.

Of course, we here are able to guide you through the relatively simple process of a basic crossover network.

Cheers George

lazydog
16-12-2004, 02:45 PM
Thanks again for the replys. Much appreciated.
P/S, didn't mean to offend anyone so i've change my whatsyamacallit. If its still to border line, let me kno and i'll go back to being a junior member :D

Spout
16-12-2004, 02:45 PM
Thanks for the quick replies. Will look into it. I have firewire on my computer (which was previously used for networking by previous owner) but the computer that i want to network to is an old P2 300mhz that i brought for the kids to learn on. It has usb and i've just been givin a network card for it but it will use up the last slot left in there computer. Thats ok though. Just have to by a cable to join them togeter. Do i just ask fot a network cable or is thier different cables for different networks?.
Cheers,Laydog
If you already have a netowrk in the newer PC you could get one of these:

http://www.dse.co.nz/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/41c0ea1f055abc5a273fc0a87f9906ef/Product/View/XH8144

Use a crossover cable between the PCs and you've got full speed ethernet network.

lazydog
16-12-2004, 02:50 PM
Wow, what a cool little gizmo. I'll definately look into that. Thanks.

Graham L
16-12-2004, 03:10 PM
DSE have a "USB 2.0 Network Cable" cat XH8177 at $47-28. The USB-Ethernet XH8144 at $49 is probbaly a better deal. Although USB2.0 is allegedly faster (480 Mbps) Ethernet is standard. :cool: