How to Share Files between Two Computers Using LAN Cable

Looking for a way to share files between two computers using a 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 an ethernet cable. I am sure the tutorial will work for you as well. So, let’s get started.

Before getting started, you should know that sharing or transferring files from computer to computer by connecting them together with an ethernet cable is one of the oldest ways to do the thing. Over the years, WiFi has grown tremendously and as long as your two systems are in the same local network, you can simply enable sharing on one PC and use the other PC to access those files. If need be, you can even create WiFi hotspots just to transfer files to and forth. For details, check out this 5 software to transfer data between two laptops using WiFi.

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 the right place. This method is also useful when there is no WiFi for you to connect the two systems or when one of your computers has no appropriate hard to connect to a WiFi network, like most desktop computers.

Moreover, you can also use this method when you have to move a lot of data like your media collection from one PC to the other. Trust me, unless you have a ball’ng WiFi setup and network configuration skills to utilize the full speed, moving several hundred gigabytes worth of media files over WiFi is not worth the time. I’ve been there, done that and its hell.

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

The advantage of LAN cable Over others

The main advantage of using the ethernet cable method is that it is very fast, at least faster than the regular WiFi transfer. If you have a lot of data to transfer, using the ethernet cable is the best way to go.

Tested On

The guide is tested on all mainstream Windows versions. i.e, on Windows 7, 8, and 10. So, you can be sure that this method just works.

Things You Need

  • Two Windows computers (mandatory).
  • A LAN cable, cat 5 will work fine,
  • A little bit of time and patience (only if it’s your first time).

Share Files between Two Computers Using LAN Cable

Step 1

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

Step 2

OK, now you have to turn on the sharing options on both computers.

Search for Control Panel in the start menu and open it. Here, go to “Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Advanced sharing settings.”

Here, select the radio option “turn on network detection” under public folder sharing. Now, select the radio option “turn off password protected sharing.” This way, you don’t have to type in your password each and every time you are trying to access shared folders from another computer.

However, this is also a significant security risk. So, make sure to select “Turn on password protected sharing” once you are done transferring the files via ethernet cable.

Enable sharing option

Step 3

Now we should bring both the computers on to 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/ IPv4 option there. Select it and then click on the Properties button.

Local Area Connection

5. In the properties window, select the option “Use the following IP address.” Now, put the following values on 1st computer

  • IP Address:
  • Subnet mask:
  • Default gateway:

Of course, it’s not necessary you use these IP addresses as long as the IP addresses are in same range, you are good to go. If you are not sure what this all means, better stick with this example.

Computer 1

On the second computer, open the IPv4 properties and enter the following values.

  • 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 names in the Networks panel.

Two computer connected under the same network using LAN

Step 4

Assuming that you have connected the cable properly, enabled the sharing options, and configured the IP addresses, it is now the time to send files from one computer to another. For that, you first need to share the target folder on LAN.

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

2. From the context menu, navigate to “Share with” and select the option “Specific People.”

Share a folder on LAN

3. In the File Sharing window, select Everyone from the drop-down menu, click on the “Add” button next to it and then click on the “Share” button.

Share a folder on LAN

That’s it. Just go back to the Networks panel from the computer where you want to access the file and click on the other computer’s name. Here, you will see the folder you just shared. From there, just open the folder and transfer the files and folders as you normally do. i.e, by copy and paste.

Video Tutorial

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. In fact, a huge number of people have already commented on YouTube that this video helped them to set up the connection properly and successfully.

But still, if the method did not work for you, then don’t lose hope. Leave a comment below with your problem and I will try to help you out in the setup process.

Also read: 10 Ways to Share Files between Two Computers

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