Can I use an older wireless router to send data from one laptop to another?

Mohanned Ali October 2, 2012
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I have an old router I’m not using any more. I was thinking of using it to send data between laptops. I want connect to hardware to one laptop using a USB connection and then send data to the other laptop. Can this be done?

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  1. Jim Chambers
    October 11, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Yes, use patch cables from router to both computers and it will act as a switch.

  2. Usman Mubashir
    October 5, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Use the router to set a home network.
    or better try this
    http://virtualrouter.codeplex.com/

    • Isaac Elesha
      October 6, 2012 at 11:13 am

      your router speed most be compatible with your eternet cards.(check to see that your eternet cards are downgrade able to support the speed of your router.)

  3. hamad3914
    October 4, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Yes you can do it using RJ-45 cables or using Wireless connect both the devices to the router, then you can map a network drive if you have shared folders or you can go to 'Network' in 'Computer' browse the files of the other computer and take it or put files in there.

  4. Alex Perkins
    October 3, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Yes, just connect both to the router and enable file sharing.

  5. William Bowman
    October 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I mot sure what brand model of router, any reason you could not set up a virtual private network with USB cable or network interface ports (NIC) ports.
    A old router can be used as a WiFi card with software bios flash.
    see http://www.techerator.com/2009/09/how-to-use-a-router-as-a-wireless-adapter/

  6. ha14
    October 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Microsoft Home Network Guide
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=391

    you can also try FileZilla
    http://filezilla-project.org/
    FileZilla can function as a server and client. Make sure your firewall is set to allow it outbound. Have your laptop destination download filezilla and connect to your filezilla server, then Transfer file

  7. GrrGrrr
    October 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Yes, it could be done. Please go though the link below for steps:
    http://www.infopackets.com/news/security/2004/20040928_share_files_and_folders_using_windows_xp.htm

  8. Ahmed Khalil
    October 3, 2012 at 11:56 am
    • Ahmed Khalil
      October 3, 2012 at 11:57 am

      By the way this is based on linksys router but if you have another type small changes may required but the idea same

  9. Dimal Chandrasiri
    October 3, 2012 at 8:39 am

    your exact need is not mentioned here and you haven't described what you want exactly. please be specific on the methods you want to connect your two laptops. is it file sharing your need, or just to wire the laptops through a UTP cable via rj-45 port to transfer files?

  10. Anthony Boone
    October 3, 2012 at 7:32 am

    What is being connected to laptop A via USB? The router? Need more informationz.

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