Can I connect two Computers With a USB cable?

Have you ever wondered if we can use a USB cable to connect two laptops? Which are the popular methods to share data between two computers?

There are many methods to connect two computers and share data between them. Ethernet cables and wireless (IEE802.11 standards) are the most popular modes to connect two devices.

With a Bridged USB cable, we can connect two PCs.

You can use a USB (Universal Serial Bus) cable to connect two computers and use the same connection to share files between them. However, for this, you must use a specific type of cable called the Bridged USB cable.

We cannot use an ordinary USB cord to connect two computers.

This guide explains the difference between bridged and ordinary USB cables and the procedure to connect two PCs with a Bridged USB cable.

How to Connect Two Computers With a USB Cable?

The Universal Serial Bus cable that connects two computers directly is called the Bridged USB cable. It is available in two different standards.

They are USB 1.1 and 2.0.

The difference in standard is the speed of data transfer. In the 1.1 version, the data transfer speed is 12 Mbps, and that in version 2.0 is 480 Mbps.

It is important to note that no other Universal Serial Bus cords can connect two PCs directly. Using the wrong cords may harm the USB ports of your computers.

Now let us check the two different modes of its working.

Modes of working of Bridge Cord

The bridged Universal Serial Bus cord works in two different modes. They are:

  1. Link mode

  2. Network Mode

In link mode, two laptops share the connection through the bridged Universal Serial Bus cord, and file sharing is enabled.

In network mode, multiple PCs share the connection, and they share the Internet ( in addition to the file sharing). It is the fundamental difference between link mode and network mode.

Now, you understand everything you should learn while connecting two computers with a USB cable. We cannot use an ordinary USB cord, but a special cord called the Bridged USB cord.

A bridged USB cord is popular with external UBS storage devices. Anyone who has an external USB storage device is familiar with this cord.

What If The Computers' Not Detecting The USB Connection?

I received a comment yesterday about complaining about an error while connecting two PCs with a USB cord. She followed the instructions and connected her two desktop PCs with a Bridged USB cord. Nothing happened.

It happens when the PCs do not have the required driver. By default, Windows 11 detects a USB connection. However, this is not always true.

The solution is to install the driver/software that comes with the Bridged USB cord.