If your friend has some resources that you are interested in, you may choose to transfer them from the computer to your computer. In your office, sometimes you also need to share files and other resources with another PC.
Well then, how can you share data between two computers? The premise is connecting to computers, that is, you need to connect these two computers together. In the following part, we will show you how to do computers connecting.
How to Connect Two Computers Windows 10
The following are 2 common methods to connect two computers including using LAN cable and setting up a wireless ad hoc network. Now, let’s see some details.
How to Connect Two Computers Using LAN Cable in Windows 10
Prepare an Ethernet cable and then follow these instructions now to finish settings:
Step 1: Navigate to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.
Step 2: Click Change adapter settings and you can see some types of connection options.
Step 3: Choose a connection for your LAN. Generally, the connection is called Ethernet with the description network cable unplugged.
Step 4: Right-click it and choose Properties.
Step 5: In the Networking tab, choose Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
Step 6: In the pop-up window, set the IP address and subnet masks of the first computer to:
IP – 192.168.0.1
Subnet Mask – 126.96.36.199
Also, do the same thing for the second computer and set the IP address and subnet masks to:
IP – 192.168.0.2
Subnet Mask – 188.8.131.52
Step 7: Connect the crossover cable to the two computers’ network ports.
Step 8: Right-click on This PC to choose Properties and go to Change settings > Change and you can get a window with the name of the workgroup. By default, the workgroup name will be WORKGROUP.
Step 9: Right-click the drive that you want to share, go to Give access to > Advanced Sharing.
Step 10: In the Sharing tab, click Advanced Sharing.
Step 11: Check the box of Share this folder and click Apply.
To share files, you need to do some other things:
Step 1: Right-click the specific folder and choose Give access to > Specific people.
Step 2: Choose Everyone to share.
Step 3: Go to the second computer’s Network Panel and you can find the first PC is ADMIN-HP. Just double-click it to show all the shared files and you can move the desired content by copy & paste.
How to Connect Two Computers Wirelessly
If two computers have wireless cards, you can use the cards to make a wireless connection between these two computers. How to network computers wirelessly? Just follow these steps below:
Step 1: Go to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center.
Step 2: Click the Setup a new connection or network link.
Step 3: Choose Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network from the new window.
Step 4: You need to name the network, choose a security type and set a security key. It is recommended to choose Save this network since it may disappear if you disconnect the ad hoc network.
Step 5: Then, go to the list of wireless networks and you can see the newly created one. If you connect it, you can see the information Waiting for users next to the network name. Just connect another computer to the network.
Now, you can share data between the computers. If your PC is running Windows 10, another computer is running Windows 7 or higher, the HomeGroup feature is helpful for you to share music, pictures, videos, documents, and printers easily.
Step 1: Input HomeGroup to the search box and click the result.
Step 2: Click Create a homegroup.
Step 3: Choose what to share.
Step 4: After a while, a homegroup password is given to you. Click Finish.
Then, you need to let another computer join the homegroup. Do the same thing as shown above, but to join the existing homegroup instead of creating a new one. Go to Windows Explorer, click HomeGroup and shared folders will appear there.
Here is all the information on how to connect 2 computers for file sharing. Which one to choose – use an Ethernet cable or set up a wireless ad hoc network, it’s up to you.