From the early PC days, Direct Cable Connection (DCC) was the most popular way to transfer data from one PC to another. Of course, it might seem a bit of an "old fashioned" way to transfer data these days but remember that back then most PC's were running Dos 6.22 or Windows for Workgroups 3.11 if you were lucky!
Today, all computers are equipped with a network card and using straight-thru or cross-over network cables, we are able to quickly transfer data at speeds much greater than a serial or parallel cable. However , there are still times where we require a transfer via the serial or parallel port, and that's what this page is about.
Transferring data between computers via direct cable connections can be performed using the following methods:
- Serial Cross-over cable
- Parallel cable – also known as ‘LapLink’ cables
- USB Transfer or Data Link cable
- UTP Cross-over or Straight-thru cable