How to Share Files between Two Computers Using LAN Cable

Looking for a way to share files between two computers using LAN cable? Well, your search finally ends here. This step by step guide (with a video tutorial in the end) has helped thousands of people who want to transfer files from PC to PC using Ethernet cable. And I am sure it will work for you as well. So, let get started.

Last Updated: Feb 2017

Hi, I’ve written this post 5 years back (don’t worry it still works), but now since Wi-Fi networks are everywhere, you may want to consider them for file sharing. The advantage of using a Wi-Fi connection is – you don’t have to configure much settings. In fact, some software that can create a WiFi hotspot of their own, so you don’t even need a router. For details, check out 5 software to transfer data between two laptops using wifi.

So, I never liked using Pen drives to share large data (like games, movies, etc.) so the only thing I’m left with, was LAN cable.

If you are not in the mode of reading, jump to the bottom of the article to see the video tutorial.


When to use LAN cable to send files from one computer to another

It’s a tedious thing when you have to keep on plugging and removing pen drive everytime you want to transfer the data. And if you are like me, who hate to do this, then you have come to right place.

Related: 7 Ways To Access Your Computer’s Files From Anywhere In The World

Advantage of LAN cable over others

  • Fast data transfer
  • Save time
  • Looks geeky

Tested on

Windows 7, 8, 10

Things you Need

  • Two laptops (mandatory)
  • A LAN cable, cat 5 will work fine (obviously)
  • Little bit of your time and patience (only if it’s your first time)

Share Files between Two Computers Using LAN Cable

Step 1

Connect both computers with a LAN cable. You can use any LAN cable (crossover cable or ethernet cable); it doesn’t matter in the modern computer.

connect two laptop using lan cable

Step 2

OK, now you have to turn ON sharing option on both computers.

Go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Advanced sharing settings. 

And make sure you turn on network detection and turn OFF Password Protection. This way, you don’t have to type in your password each time, when you are trying to access it from another computer.

However, this is also a significant security risk. So, make sure you turn on Password protection once you are done.

Enable sharing option

Step 3

Bring both the computers on the same network.

1. Open Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center.

Network Connections

2. You will see Local Area Connection or Ethernet.

3. Right-click it and go to its properties.

4. You will see TCP/ ivp4 option there and select its properties.

Local Area Connection

5. Select this use the following IP address.

Put the following value on 1st computer

  • Ip Address          
  • Subnet mask
  • Default gateway
Off curse it’s not necessary you use these IP address, as long as they are in same range, you are good to go. However, if you are not sure, what this all means, better stick with this example.

Computer 1                                                

Put the following value on 2nd computer

  • Ip address
  • Subnet mask
  • Default gateway

Computer 2

Basically, what we are doing is keeping the subnet mask same and changing the IP address.

If everything works right, you will see the two computer name in the Networks settings.


Two computer connected under the same network using LAN

Step 4

Share a folder on LAN

Assuming that you have connected the cable properly and enable the sharing option now it’s time send files from one computer to another, this is quite simple

1. Select the folder you want to share, right-click it.

2. From the drop down option, click on the share with > specific people.

Share a folder on LAN

3. On the drop down menu select Everyone > add > click share.


Share a folder on LAN

If you still have any doubt understanding something in the article then watch this video on how to share files using LAN cable. I am sure this will help as huge no of people have already commented on YT that this video helped them to set up connection successfully.

But still, if has not work for you then don’t lose hope. Leave a comment below with your problem and as promised, I will help you out.

Also read: 10 Ways to Share Files between Two Computers


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