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  1. jayeliot

    jayeliot Thread Starter

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    Just got my second laptop (Vista O/S). I wish to transfer years of stuff from old laptop (XP) to new one.

    Doing this wirelessly through wireless router is taking forever. Did a little research on cross over cable. Would this make things go faster .... I assume so.

    But another thought, suppose I hooked up both to ports on my wireless router ? Would the new laptop see the old and if so would transfering go faster ?

    Thanks
     
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    Using ethernet on both laptops will give you superior speed to Wi-Fi (unless a NIC is so old it is only 10 Mbps). There should be no measurable difference between using a crossover cable and connecting both computers to the router. Turn off the wireless on both laptops during the transfers to make sure there is no confusion.
     
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    TerryNet,

    So I should connect both to the ports on my router and turn off the wireless. After doing so, will I simply be able to use Windows Explorer to see the other laptop or is there another step involved, like setting the properties ot the folders to be transferred ?
     
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    Whatever works now on your LAN (home network) should work exactly the same (except for speed) regardless of how the computer(s) connect to the router.

    Since you initially indicated that file sharing is working for you, the only difference you should see is a speed improvement. Nothing more needed.

    Now, realize that's no guarantee that you don't have a bad NIC or a defective cable. :)
     
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