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I have a 30GB+ file I would like to transfer from one laptop to another so I am trying to do this by networking the machines together with an ethernet cable.

Both machines list the LAN connection then as unidentified and I can't modify them at all. How can I work around this issue?

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When you say you can't modify them at all, what does that mean? You ought to be able to manually put the computers on the same ip addresses range. – emgee Mar 28 '11 at 21:21 This might help – BrianA Mar 29 '11 at 9:20
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Have you:

  • Used a Cross-over Ethernet cable to connect the two?
  • Enabled both network adapters

Go to your network adapters properties and then the properties for the ipv4 setup

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next you will need to set a manual ip address on both, i would suggest just using: and with a subnet of for both and you should have a network set up that will connect the two.

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I am not using a crossover cable. I didn't know that there was no way to do it with a standard cable. Guess I need to go to the store then. – jjr2527 Mar 29 '11 at 12:03
If you have a switch then you can use two standard straight through cables, but if you want to directly connect two systems together without a switch or hub then you'll need a cross-over. – Sandeep Bansal Mar 29 '11 at 13:01
Just wanted to add that I think a crossover cable is not needed if both NICs are gigabit - it's part of the standard to deal with a straight-through cable. – Jeremy Mar 30 '11 at 20:14

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