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splitting a usb cable to two computers


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#1 sjs700

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 09:59 AM

hello I have a muiti port for usb cables I got a splitter so I could access the external hard drive and other devices from the computer and laptop instead of plugging in to one then then unplugging and replugging I found a splitter so I thought it would work it seems only the computer reads the multi port and not the laptop when there both plugged in . even if the computers off .if unplugged from computer then laptop reads multi port so not sure if one is always going to be dominant .ok thanks for any help  . computer - Alienware- windows 10 - i3 cpu - 4gb ram -500gb HD - 64 bit OS  - laptop - Dell studio 1749 -i3 cpu -4gb ram - 500gb -HD - 64 bit OS



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#2 hamluis

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 11:10 AM

FWIW:  Sounds to me like...you just need to create a home network between the two systems...and share whatever USB devices.

 

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Posted 12 February 2017 - 01:22 PM

thank you louis . I set up a home network both computers say joined but I cant get them to connect to each other . the lap top sees the desk top but every time I put in password it says its wrong even though I have changed it . the other thing is the network would be working through the router . I had assumed the usb splitter would have just sent information to both computers from the external devises . one more thing the lap top (windows 7 ) said about networking with another computer with windows 7 so will windows 7 work with 10 thanks for the help stephen 



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Posted 12 February 2017 - 02:19 PM

Although I have Win 10 installed...I don't do anything with it, so i cannot address intelligently any questions about it.

 

But...home networking is designed to be backward compatible...and if Win 7 can home-network with XP (it does), then I expect networking with a Win 10 system to be even eaiser from a Win 7 system.

 

FWIW:  https://www.google.com/#q=Home+network+Windows+7+to+Windows+10 .

 

Is THIS what you have in mind?

 

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Posted 12 February 2017 - 08:01 PM

hi louis I went to the google address and was working on the networking then I noticed the this in (is this what you have in mind ) yes that looks exactly what I want theres a button to switch from one to the other perfect can be plugged in wires neatly out of way .so that's the way i'm going. thanks again stephen



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Posted 13 February 2017 - 10:24 AM

Happy computing :).

 

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