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Windows 7: How to transfer files from PC to PC, PC to Mac ? which way is safer ?

24 May 2015   #1
Satagu

Windows7
 
 
How to transfer files from PC to PC, PC to Mac ? which way is safer ?

I have to admit firstly I am so much kind of professional guys. But there is always some moment that I need to pretend to be in my daily work. It is troublesome as if I am "forced " to figure out how the cloud services work to transfer files between my PC, Mac and phone. Is there a simple way ? I found the answer when I read a piece of article on PC Advisor. It mentioned a little gadget released by Inateck, a German company that have a magic port which can realize the easy cross-platforms file transfer between PC,Mac and phone. I have to say it is a simple hardware solution.



What I want to know is that : is it also a safer solution ?

See more about the gadget from Inateck Hub transfer files from pc to pc or Inateck 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub with Magic Port Transfer Files from PC to PC, PC to Mac, Mac to PC and PC to OTG Devices, Driver-free Dual System KVM Swap: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

I need your advice much and decide whether to place my order. Great thanks in advance !


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25 May 2015   #2
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

A gigabit switch and some cat5e cables are all you need. However, you can go real cheap and just buy a cat5e cross-over cable long enough for your needs. You can get it made also instead of buying (should be couple of bucks).

You may prefer cat6 cables too, they have shielding and better signal quality.

If you go cross-over path, you may need to configure static IP temporarily, I don't know if they work with APIPA scheme.

Note: you need gigabit ethernet ports

The transfer cable in your post looks neat too. If you don't mind the cost.
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25 May 2015   #3
Satagu

Windows7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
A gigabit switch and some cat5e cables are all you need. However, you can go real cheap and just buy a cat5e cross-over cable long enough for your needs. You can get it made also instead of buying (should be couple of bucks).

You may prefer cat6 cables too, they have shielding and better signal quality.

If you go cross-over path, you may need to configure static IP temporarily, I don't know if they work with APIPA scheme.

Note: you need gigabit ethernet ports

The transfer cable in your post looks neat too. If you don't mind the cost.
Yeah. Your idea sounds so pertinent !

I put forward my question without considering about my budget. I favor the gadget more because of the sample operation by sharing the same keyboard and mouse. And also support OTG with my HTC phone. Or if I am on business unavailable for Ethernet and also need to transfer files to my partner's tablet or laptop or his Mac, it should be a good choice too.

I guess it is not so highly priced if it helps me a lot in different ways. Don't you think ?

Return to the point, I came across this gadget as a unique design without any preference before. Who gonna help me check the reliability ?
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26 May 2015   #4
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

USB PC to PC transfer cables have been around for ages really. I did have one of those cables (given by a cousin) during W98 days and it would work. You will get many hits with - usb file sharing cable. A review of that particular brand, you can always read the reviews on Amazon
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26 May 2015   #5
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
A gigabit switch and some cat5e cables are all you need. However, you can go real cheap and just buy a cat5e cross-over cable long enough for your needs. You can get it made also instead of buying (should be couple of bucks). ...
Interestingly, if you have gigabit nics in your computers, a cross-over cable is no longer necessary. Newer nics (such as those with gigabit capability) have auto crossover built-in (called automatic MDI/MDI-X configuration) so that it will auto sense when 2 nics are connected back-to-back and will take care of the crossover internally.
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26 May 2015   #6
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Interestingly, if you have gigabit nics in your computers, a cross-over cable is no longer necessary. Newer nics (such as those with gigabit capability) have auto crossover built-in (called automatic MDI/MDI-X configuration) so that it will auto sense when 2 nics are connected back-to-back and will take care of the crossover internally.
Oh, thanks for sharing that I had no idea.

Just tried it and it works (for me at least).
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24 Aug 2015   #7
johnzzr

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
A gigabit switch and some cat5e cables are all you need. However, you can go real cheap and just buy a cat5e cross-over cable long enough for your needs. You can get it made also instead of buying (should be couple of bucks).

You may prefer cat6 cables too, they have shielding and better signal quality.

If you go cross-over path, you may need to configure static IP temporarily, I don't know if they work with APIPA scheme.

Note: you need gigabit ethernet ports

The transfer cable in your post looks neat too. If you don't mind the cost.
Agreed. Ethernet cable is the fastest way to transfer files between PC to PC or PC to Mac. You get at least 10GB of files transfered within 4 minutes. I had this time when I had to upgrade new OS on my Mac, but there was only my PC left as a backup device. I had all my files backed up in no time. Ethernet cable is your friend.

Reference:

Transfer files PC to Mac using Ethernet cable: How to Transfer Files From PC to Mac or Vice Versa: Step-by-step Guide
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