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    USB P-2-P Networking

    Is this possible? Basically connecting two PC's via their USB ports, configure 'Control Panel, Network' and create the shares? Same as you would do with a Ethernet crossover cable. If so, is any specially-configured cable required, i.e. with a crossover at one end??

    Just curious.

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    Re: USB P-2-P Networking

    I may be wrong, but I think you will need a USB NIC for each machine to do this? And then a cross over cable, hub, or router.

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    Re: USB P-2-P Networking

    A fellow employee of mine was talking to me about just this thing a few weeks (or months) ago. If I recall correctly, there is such an USB cable that can be purchased, although none of the stores in our area were carrying it.

    Let me speak to him, and see if I can get you the information.

    Edited later to add the following ..

    I've spoken with him (briefly), and he said the cable is called "USB Bridge". I've done a GOOGLE Search for you, if you're interested.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: USB P-2-P Networking

    I have heard about this cable. It has two USB NICs built in on either end.

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    Re: USB P-2-P Networking

    This is a cable I found on Cyberguys a while back that may be described as a USB "bridge" cable - it definitely doesn't have NIC's built in, but I believe it's meant to create a direct cable connection to each computer in the same fashion that you could do with serial and parallel cables. I struggled enough in my day with DCC to never, ever want to go back now that I use networks. Therefore, I've haven't tried this product and can't give you any indication as to whether it would work. I think everyone would be able to give you at least 3 easier ways to get the job done!

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    Re: USB P-2-P Networking

    The one shown, is the same as 2 NIC at either end, this one they are in the middle.

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    Re: USB P-2-P Networking

    Interesting. I wondered how they did it. <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: USB P-2-P Networking

    They do not use a full NIC just a set of double chips with a pair of "Cross Over wires" between the two. It performs just like 2 NICs and a cross over cable. You also may have noted it has a speed of 6 Megs as the current NICs run at 10/100 Megs.

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