Direct connect to transfer data

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by stealthsniper96, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. stealthsniper96 macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2007
    Hey. my sisters macbook just got here so I'm wondering how I can set up a direct connection between her windows xp laptop and the new macbook? I have an ethernet cable and I would like to be able to just plug them into each other rather than plugging them both into the router. Thanks.
  2. steeler macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2008
    I know for sure that you can't do it with a standard Ethernet cable. The wiring won't work. You could use a crossover Ethernet cable to directly connect, but why not just use the router?

    I don't know of any other good ways to do it, except Firewire, assuming your sister's Windows laptop has a Firewire port.
  3. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    You can use a standard ethernet cable as all macs have autoswitching ethernet ports.
  4. stealthsniper96 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2007
    Can you tell me how to set that up? I just need to move a folder from the windows to the mac.
  5. merl1n macrumors 65816


    Mar 30, 2008
    New Jersey, USA

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