Direct cable connection: Cabling tips for network professionals, lesson 7

Direct cable connection is discussed in this tip.

From the early PC days, Direct Cable Connection (DCC) was the most popular way to transfer data from one PC to...

another. Of course, it might seem a bit of an "old fashioned" way to transfer data these days but remember that back then most PC's were running Dos 6.22 or Windows for Workgroups 3.11 if you were lucky!

Today, most computers are equipped with a network card and have an X-over or hub which will allow you to transfer data a lot faster than a serial or parallel cable. But still, there is always a time when you require a simple transfer via serial or parallel and that's what this page is about.

There is a variety of programs which allow you to use the above mentioned cables to successfully transfer data between PCs but you should know that you can achieve your goal without them as well since Windows 95 and above supports the direct cable connection method.

Installing Windows programs or components to transfer data is out of this section's scope, but I have included some notes on what you should check before attempting the Direct Connection via cable, this info is included in the "Important DCC Info." We will also be learning how to create the cables required to meet our goals and comparing the speed of the two (Serial and Parallel)

Because the page ended up being quite long, I decided to split it in order to make it easier to read. Simply click on the subject you'd like to read about:

Serial Direct Connection
Parallel Direct Connection

Cabling tips for network professionals series

 Lesson 1: Network history and fundamentals
 Lesson 2: Straight-through UTP cables
 Lesson 3: CAT5 UTP crossover cable
 Lesson 4: 10Base-T/2/5/F/35 - Ethernet
 Lesson 5: 100Base-(T) TX/T4/FX - Ethernet
 Lesson 6: Fiber cable
 Lesson 7: Direct cable connection
 Lesson 8: Serial direct cable connection
 Lesson 9: Parallel direct cable connection
 Lesson 10: USB direct cable connection

This was first published in September 2007

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