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How to connect two laptops?

Discussion in 'Networking and Wireless' started by fsljff, Jan 14, 2006.

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  1. fsljff

    fsljff Notebook Enthusiast

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    I am having two laptops right now. What I want to do with them is that I have many video file on laptop A, and I want to watch them on laptop B, so what's the way to get access to these files on A from B and fast enough to watch video? And I don't want to copy them over from A to B.

    Thanks.
     
  2. nickspohn

    nickspohn iPhone NBR Reviewer

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    It's been posted many times:

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=29726&highlight=Ad-hoc

    To transfer them wirelessly, you need 2 wireless cards. If you don't have wireless cards in each computer, you need to purchase a Ethernet Crossover cable as no regular ethernet cable will work.

    What do you mean by not copying the videos on to each computer? The only way im sure of is you need to transfer them over to laptop B. Which means the file from laptop A, will be on laptop B.
     
  3. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    A router is another option.
     
  4. fsljff

    fsljff Notebook Enthusiast

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    Ok, so now I'm trying to connection with a router. My laptop A is connected through a cable, laptop B is connected through the wireless. I ran both the networking setup, but only A can have access to B, and B somehow cannot get access to A, it said I need to permission. So how to gonna do it?

    Thanks
     
  5. Chutsman

    Chutsman Notebook Evangelist

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    That's a lot of "trouble" to go through just to NOT have the video file on laptop B.

    Would putting the files on a DVD or external usb drive be acceptable?
     
  6. nickspohn

    nickspohn iPhone NBR Reviewer

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    Disable all your firewalls for computer A and B. (Make sure the Windows one is disabled), and any other firewalls that you have enabled.
     
  7. fsljff

    fsljff Notebook Enthusiast

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    Did that....but still not working......:(
     
  8. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Can you see the other laptop on the network?
     
  9. fsljff

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    yea, A can see both B and itself and access B, but B can just see both A and itself, not having access to A
     
  10. ZaZ

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    Did you share the drive you want access to? Perhaps turning off simple file sharing will help.
     
  11. BENDER

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    which os do you use on the two laptops?
     
  12. fsljff

    fsljff Notebook Enthusiast

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    both are winxp
     
  13. nickspohn

    nickspohn iPhone NBR Reviewer

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    Do you have the Simple File Sharing Disabled?
     
  14. fsljff

    fsljff Notebook Enthusiast

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    shouldn't be better to leave them enable?
     
  15. BENDER

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    do you have service pack 2 installed on both laptops?
     
  16. Shampoo

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    all you have to do is set both laptops or computers to be in the same workgroup.

    Go to my computer, properties, computer name tab, change name button, and then change your workgroup name to the same name as on your home network. If you're creating a new one then just name it whatever.

    After that just set all file sharing on for the folders you will be sharing and that's it.

    It should show up in your My Network Places.

    Cheers,
    Mike
     
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