It is necessary to connect computers when you need to share files from one computer to another. How to connect two computers on Windows 10? You’ve come to the right place! This NewsPivot post will give you two useful ways.

Sometimes, what can you do if your friend has resources or files that you are interested in? What to do when you need to share files or resources from one computer to another? How can you share data between two computers?

The first thing you need to do is connect to computers. How to connect two computers? The following content will give you detailed guidance on how to network computers. Now, let’s dive into this post!

How to Connect Two Computers Wirelessly

Before connecting two computers wirelessly, you need to make sure that those two computers have wireless cards. You can connect two computers wirelessly using the cards. Here are detailed steps:

Step 1. Enter Control Panel in the Start search box and click Open. Then click the Network and Internet option and choose Network and Sharing Center.

Step 2. Click on Setup a new connection or network.

click Set up a new connection or network

Step 3. In the new window, click the Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network option.

Step 4. Name the network, select a security type, and set a security key. You’d better select the Save this network option because it may disappear if you disconnect the ad hoc network.

Step 5. You can see the newly created wireless network in the list of wireless networks. Then next to the network name, you can see the Waiting for users information if you connect it. Go to connect another computer to the network.

After connecting two computers successfully, you can share data now. The HomeGroup feature is helpful for you to share videos, music, pictures, documents, and printers easily if your computer is running Windows while another one is running Windows 7 or higher.

Step 1. In the Start search box, enter HomeGroup to find and open it.

Step 2. Select Create a homegroup.

Step 3. Choose files you want to share and set permission levels.

choose files you want to share

Step 4. Then you will get a homegroup password and click Finish.

Later, you need to follow the steps above to add another computer to the home group. Attention! The computer needs to join the existing homegroup instead of creating a new one. Navigate to Windows Explorer, open HomeGroup, and you can see the shared folder.

How to Connect Two Computers via LAN Cable

You can also connect two computers using LAN Cable. You need to prepare an Ethernet cable in advance. Below is detailed guidance on how to network computers using a LAN Cable.

Step 1. Follow step 1 of the above method to access Network and Sharing Center.

Step 2. On the left side, click Change adapter settings and there will appear some types of connection options.

Step 3. You need to choose a connection for your LAN. In general, the connection is called Ethernet.

Step 4. Right-click on Ethernet and click the Properties option.

Step 5. Under the Networking tab, click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click the Properties button.

Step 6. There will be a popup, you need to set the IP address and subnet masks of the first computer to:

  • IP Address:
  • Subnet Mask:

For the second computer, you need to do the same things to set the IP address and subnet masks to:

  • IP Address:
  • Subnet Mask:

You should pay attention to that the IP value of two computers should be different!

Step 7. Then you need to connect the crossover cable to the network ports of the two computers.

Step 8. Right-click This PC, select Properties, go to Change settings, and select Change. Then you will get a window with the name of the workgroup and its name is WORKGROUP by default.

Step 9. Choose the driver you want to share and right-click on it. move to Give access to > Advanced Sharing.

Step 10. Under the Sharing tab, click the Advanced Sharing button.

click the Advanced Sharing button

Step 11. Tick the Share this folder checkbox and click Apply. You need to do some other things to share files.

1. Select the specific folder and right-click on it. Go to Give access to > Specific people.

2. Choose the Everyone option to share.

3. Navigate to the Network panel of the second computer, you can find the first computer is ADMIN-HP. You can see all the shared files by double-clicking on them. Next, you can get the desired content by copy & paste.


How to connect two computers? According to the above, you can use the LAN Cable or the wireless cards. Just follow the above guide to have a try!

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