How to Transfer Files Between Two Computers Using LAN Cable

Wi-Fi is now the world’s number one wireless connection in offices or privately. People can share files, but it is challenging for massive files such that even a whole drive is not enough. As a result, the speed is slow as the data runs through the public, and it might not be interesting at all. Not to worry, because it is possible to transfer files between two computers using LAN cable.  

However, transferring data over a LAN cable would save you all the trouble. If the files you want to move are small, you can do it through Wi-Fi if both devices are operating in the same network. This post will today guide you on how to move between two computers using LAN cable.

Transfer Files using a LAN Cable 

An Ethernet cable simplifies the whole process because data is at a fast speed. For instance, a USB cable 2.0 can support a rate of 480 Mbps, which is quite slow. Thus, transferring data using a LAN cable is the best option. A CAT5e cable can sustain a speed of up to 1000 Mbps.

Why you should use a LAN cable 

A LAN cable or Ethernet cable’s primary benefit of using it is that it is faster to transfer files between computers than the usual flash drives or Wi-Fi. If you want to share massive data, then this is the best way on all mainstream Windows versions: Windows 7, 8, and 10.

That said, let us see how you can transfer files using a LAN Cable. But before that, make sure that you create a restore point just in case something goes wrong, you can restore your PC back to its initial state.

Transfer Requirements

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  • The two Windows computers 
  • The LAN cable like the CAT 5 
  • Because it is your first time, you need patience

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Step 1: Use the LAN cable to connect the Computers/PC’s

The first step is to combine both computers to the LAN cable. Any LAN cable can work, crossover or ethernet. Because both wires use the same port with few functional differences.

two windows pc connected via lan cable

Step 2: Enable Network Sharing on Both PCs

Now that both PCs are connected turn on the network sharing option on both computers to enable sharing or exchange of files. You have to repeat the process on both PC’s step by step. Click on the Start menu and locate the Control Panel then click on it to open

transfer files between two computers- Control_Panel option on windows pc settings

A new window will open with the Control Panel, select Network, and the Internet.

transfer files between two computers - Control_Panel_Network_Internt option on windows pc settings

Another dialogue box will open, click on Network and Sharing Center. If this is not your first time transferring files between two computers, then you can type the following on the search box after clicking on the startup button: Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center, then press the Enter key. The command will redirect you from Control Panel to Network and Sharing Center.

From the left-hand side of the Network and Sharing Center window, navigate to Change advanced sharing settings. Three network options will be visible: Public, Private, and All Network. Public Network is a shared connection in public places like airports, coffee shops or restaurants; Private Network is your home network or an organization while All Network comprises both. For a smooth connection and operation, we recommend you connect them to All Networks.

AllNetwork_FeatureImage option on windows pc settings

Click on the drop-down icon to expand All Networks. Now, enable Public Sharing to open the PCs to access files through the LAN cable to each other. Turn off password protected sharing to avoid typing it every time you try to access it through another computer. 

However, this may pose a significant security risk to your network, so make sure you turn on password protection once the process is over. Switching off your password protector opens it for other computers or people to access the network as shared data, whereby they do not require credentials. 

Well, this is not a secure practice since you will share your data with people you don’t trust, but now, you are making an exception this one time because you are transferring files between two PC’s you trust. Once you finish, Save Changes and repeat the same process for the second PC. 

advancedFileSharing_Settings option on windows pc settings

Step 3: Setup Static IP

Now that you have enabled network sharing on both PC’s, it is time to bring them to the same network. Set up a static IP address of the same class on both PC’s following the steps below.

1. Click on the Startup button and locate the Control Panel to set up a Static IP. Navigate to Network and Internet then tap on Network Sharing Center. You can also right-click on the Start Menu then click on Network Connections.

Network_Sharing_Center_Second option on windows pc settings -transfer files between two computers

2. The next window displays active connections. In this case, it is the Ethernet or LAN cable that connects both PCs. Tap on the Ethernet link. A new dialog box opens, and you should click on the Properties button.

Ethernet_Properties option on windows pc settings

3. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) on the next pop up menu. Tap on Properties to open another dialogue box.

transfer files between two computers -IPv4_Properties option on windows pc settings

4. At this point, you need to configure the two PCs on different IP settings.

On the first computer, tap the option “Use the following IP address.” then input the details below;

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  • IP Address: 192.168.1.1
  • Subnet mask: 225.225.225.0
  • Default gateway: 192.168.1.2

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It may not be necessary to use the above-given IP addresses because you can use any IP address in class A or B. If you are not sure what these IP addresses mean, stick to the above example.

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You have to repeat the process on the second PC, but you flip the IP address as well as the Default gateway values

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  • IP address: 192.168.1.2
  • Subnet mask: 225.225.225.0
  • Default gateway: 192.168.1.1

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Computer2_StaticIP option on windows pc settings

The above procedure keeps the subnet mask the same and changes the IP address.

Now open your Window’s File Explorer and select the Network tab on the left side of the window.

NetworkTab_ClickON option on windows pc settings

Hopefully, you have set up everything right, as directed above. Both PCs should now be appearing in this Network window. Tap on the other PC’s icon and browse the file. But before you start browsing the files, there is one more setting to configure.

Computers_In_Network option-transfer files between two computers

Step 4: Transfer a folder

We assume your cable connection is okay, the sharing option is also enabled, and the IP address configuration is in order. It is now time to transfer files between the two computers using LAN cable. Before you share the data, we recommend that you create a new folder where you will copy and paste all files you want to share. 

creating a new folder option -transfer files between two computers

Now, right-click on the folder you want to share. Navigate to Give access from the context menu then click on the option Specific People

giveAccess_RightClickOption option on windows pc settings -transfer files between two computers

3. From the File Sharing window, on the drop-down menu, select Everyone, then the Add button next to it. You can now finally press the Share button.

transfer files between two computers- Everyone Access option on windows pc settings

After sharing, the next window shows the folder’s location in the network.

The transfer of files between two computers using a LAN cable is now complete, and you can access the folder on the other PC. Launch the Networks panel and Select the other PC’s name.

The file you just shared is now visible. Now you can open the folder and use the usual way (Copy and Paste) to transfer data. You can also repeat the same on the other computer.

In Summary

The guidelines above will only work between Windows PCs. For Mac or Linux, a different sharing agent like Samba is what you need. You can drop any queries, and we will get back to you.

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