What is the best technology to transfer data between two PCs?

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What is the best technology to transfer data between two PCs?

  1. USB 2.0

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  2. NIC with crossover cable

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  3. Other

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  1. eranga262154

    eranga262154 Geek Trainee

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    Hi all,

    What is the best way to transfer the data between two computers depends on the following factors.

    1. Data transfer rate
    2. Expenditure on such technology
    3. Ease of use

    I’ve made a poll option, and make your comments there.

    Here’s what I thought on this case.

    USB 2.0 supports data rates as high as 480Mbps, even in normal condition it can be around 50Mbps. So, to transfer 1GB of data it takes around 20 - 30 seconds. Easy to use, because the hot plug is supported. But it is expensive.

    To use NIC (Network Interface Card), first need to install drivers or software, because some of the main boards don’t integrated NIC circuitry there. Data transfer rate of crossover cable is varied from 100Mbps to 10Mbps. So it takes more than 30 seconds to transfer 1GB of data. Especially the length of the cable determines that. Cheaper than USB 2.0.

    At the end, two factors are satisfied (data transfer rate and ease of use) by USB 2.0, and seems to me it is fine.
     
  2. Addis

    Addis The King

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    Many ethernet devices and switches now support gigabit transfer rates, so over a local network it can be very fast.
     
  3. eranga262154

    eranga262154 Geek Trainee

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    So, you recommended an Ethernet card?
     
  4. RHochstenbach

    RHochstenbach Administrator Staff Member

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    Just like Addis, I should say an NIC, because of the faster transfer speed and the longer maximum length of the cables.
     
  5. allendehl

    allendehl Geek Trainee

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    For network transfers you need nothing in most of the cases, since almost every PCs is already in a network, either wired or wireless.
    For USB you need to move the PCs physically. In the worst case, you can make a crossover ethernet cable as long as you want in 5 minutes...not the same with USB
    For me....NIC
     
  6. gazaway

    gazaway Geek Trainee

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    In all actuality it depends on how far you are xfering between the computers. There was a study done that found the exact amount of data that would need to be transferd where it would be quicker to store the info over DVD-Rs and drive it than to WAN share it. This was of course over a spread of miles, but still I found it quite interesting that driving hard copies can still be faster than a data xfer.
     
  7. Big B

    Big B HWF Godfather

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    While USB can be used, I've seen very little of it. MSI had some program they bundled with their motherboards for awhile, but I don't recall how well it worked. It's an all-purpose hot-plug standard, but it's not a master in certain areas. Networking with NICs has been there for a long time, and is well rooted in this function. Not only does gigabit transfer outperform USB, you also have longer runs. 100m versus 12 feet, if you compare CAT5 to a USB cable. Fiber optic cabling is another story altogether.
     
  8. edijs

    edijs Programmer

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    NICs. Either P2P or LAN will be faster and with more options to expand :D
     
  9. eranga262154

    eranga262154 Geek Trainee

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    More people on NIC. Interesting.....
     
  10. donkey42

    donkey42 plank

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    yeah, NIC every time

    as NICs are inexpensive, and even thought personally i hate M$, but XP does make things very easy

    a standard 10/100 NIC is very cheap
    10/100/1000 = gigabit, are a bit more expensive

    BTW:i think 10/100/1000 NICs are about 4 or 5 times more expensive than standard 10/100 NICs
     
  11. eranga262154

    eranga262154 Geek Trainee

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    Actually after all these comments and the articles, etc... NIC is better. USB is little expensive than NICs, but the data transfer rate is not much differ. But use of NIC is not easy, comparing to USB.
     
  12. megamaced

    megamaced Geek Geek Geek!

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    Meh, all you have to do is connect the crossover cable and assign both computers a static ip address in the same subnet
     
  13. eranga262154

    eranga262154 Geek Trainee

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    And I have to use NIC as well.:D
     
  14. Ferg

    Ferg Manbearpig

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  15. Swansen

    Swansen The Ninj

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    LOl, old skool sneaker network :chk:
     

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