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Chapter 13. Using Windows on a Notebook ... > Sharing Resources via a Direct Cable...

Sharing Resources via a Direct Cable Connection

With Direct Cable Connection (DCC), Windows Me enables you to share files and resources (such as a printer) with another computer through either a serial or parallel cable or wireless infrared port connecting the two systems. Direct Cable Connection can be used between any two computers, but because notebook computers sometimes lack CD-ROM drives or high-capacity removable-media drives, it is especially useful for connecting a notebook computer to a desktop computer that has the drives or information the notebook computer needs to access. If both PCs do not feature infrared ports, you must, of course, provide your own serial or parallel data-transfer cable to attach the PCs. After you make the connection, you can quickly access or transfer files back and forth. Direct Cable Connection for Windows Me works the same way as the DCC utility supplied with Windows 95 and 98, enabling all three versions of Windows to communicate with each other.

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Windows Me can also use a separate utility called Wireless Link to send data to computers and printers via infrared ports. See Using Infrared Connections later in this chapter for details.



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