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Lesson 4 Connecting directly through a cable
Objective Create a direct cable connection to another computer.
Direct cable connections are useful when you want to share information between two computers and either (or both) lack a network interface card or an infrared port. You can take advantage of a free serial or parallel port and create a mini-network in order to share files that might be too large to put on a floppy disk. Be aware that the connection you create via a serial or parallel cable will be significantly slower than one you create via an Ethernet connection. You can also use the Network Connection wizard to create a direct (cable) connection to another computer. However, if your computer is a member of a domain and you want it to host a direct connection, you must use Routing and Remote Access instead. To create a direct connection to another computer, complete the following simulation.

Creating Direct Connection

  1. For the purposes of this simulation, the Network Connection wizard has been opened for you. Click Next.
  2. Click connect directly to another computer.
  3. Click Next.
  4. For the purposes of this simulation, you will configure your compter to be the host for the connection. Click Host. If you wanted your computer to be the guest for the connection, you would click Guest.
  5. Click Next.
  6. For the purposes of this simulation, we have opened the Device for this connection drip-down. Select Direct Parallel (LPT1).
  7. Click Next.
  8. For the purposes of this simulation, you will make the connection available to all users of this computer. Click Guest.
  9. Click Next.
  10. Note that the default name of the connection is Incoming Connections. You have created the server side of the direct connection, The next step is to create the client side. Click Finish.
  11. This completes the Simulation. Click the Exit button.
The next lesson discusses configuring inbound connections.

Outbound Connection - Exercise

Click the Exercise link below to practice configuring an outbound connection.
Outbound Connection - Exercise