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4 Ways to Connect Two Windows 11 Computers

A detailed guide on how to easily connect two Windows 11 computers

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Highlights

  • The crossover ethernet cable can physically connect two Windows 11 computers without needing a router or switch.
  • Bluetooth connection is considered one of the most convenient because it provides a wireless connection between the two computers.

Method 1: Make use of an existing network

If the two computers are on the same network, you can easily share files and resources, such as printers and scanners. Take the following steps below to do this.

  1. Hold Windows + R and type control in the text field.
    Open Control Panel to Connect Two Windows 11 Computers
  2. Click on the Network and Sharing Center option.
    Open Network and Sharing center to Connect Two Windows 11 Computers
  3. Next, click the Change advanced sharing settings option on the left-hand side.
    advanced share option
  4. Enable the toggle for Network discovery as well as File and printer sharing.
    Advanced sharing settings

Method 2: Connect Two Windows 11 Computers with Bluetooth

Bluetooth can establish a wireless PAN (personal area network) between two Windows 11 systems. This eliminates the need for a router or other networking hardware and enables the two computers to share files, printers, and other resources.

  1. On the two devices, navigate to Settings by pressing Windows + I, select Bluetooth & devices, and ensure Bluetooth is enabled.
    Bluetooth and devices
  2. Click on Add device and pick Bluetooth.
    Add device
  3. Turn on the Bluetooth for the second device and ensure that Bluetooth pairing mode is enabled.
  4. Lastly, locate the device from the list and select it.
    Select device to Connect the Two Windows 11 Computers

Method 3: Make use of a crossover Ethernet cable

A crossover cable is a special type of Ethernet cable for directly connecting two devices without requiring a router or switch. This method helps to transfer files between two computers quickly. This method is usually for advanced users. Follow the steps below to use this method:

  1. Connect the two devices with a crossover Ethernet cable.
  2. Ensure that Network discovery and File and printer sharing are enabled.
  3. Hold Windows + R and type control in the text field.
    Open Control Panel to Connect Two Windows 11 Computers
  4. Click on the Network and Sharing Center option.
    Open Network and Sharing center to Connect Two Windows 11 Computers
  5. Now, select Change adapter settings from the left pane.
    Change adapter setting
  6. Double-click your network, then choose Properties.
    Open properties to Connect Two Windows 11 Computers
  7. Now, look for Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), click on it and select Properties.
    Open properties to Connect Two Windows 11 Computers
  8. Click the radio button for Use the following IP address.
    IP address
  9. Use the configuration below for the first computer.
    IP address: 192.168.1.1
    Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
    Default gateway: 192.168.1.1
  10. For the second computer, use the configuration below.
    IP address: 192.168.1.2
    Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
    Default gateway: 192.168.1.1
  11. After doing this, click OK.
  12. Return to the folder you want to make accessible on the second computer and navigate to Give access to > Specific people.
    Grant access to Connect Two Windows 11 Computers
  13. Pick the user you want to share your files with, select Add, then click the Share button. Keep in mind that these settings must be applied on both computers.
    Choose people to share with
  14. Once done, go to File Explorer and click Network from the left pane. You should be able to view the second computer.
    Select your computer and Connect the other one making Two Windows 11 Computers
  15. Double-clicking on the computer will let you see your shared file or folder.
    Folder access

Method 4: Use an ad-hoc wireless network

Ad-hoc wireless networks are a type of wireless network that enables direct connections between two or more devices without the use of a router or other devices. Ad-hoc networks can be used for several activities, including file sharing, gaming, and internet connectivity.

Ensure you are proficient in using PowerShell consoles before proceeding:

  1. Hit the Windows key to open the Search bar, type PowerShell, and select Run as Administrator.
    Open Windows PowerShell
  2. Once you are in the PowerShell, input the command below. Ensure to input the SSID and key for the network you want to connect to.
    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid= key=
  3. Next, enter the command below to start the network.
    netsh wlan start hostednetwork
    hosted network code to Connect Two Windows 11 Computers
  4. Find and connect to the newly added network on the second device.
  5. Lastly, input the command below in the first computer to stop the network run.
    netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

Benefits You Derive When You Connect Two Windows 11 Computers

The benefits of connecting two computers include:

  • Sharing resources like printers, scanners, and internet connections, which can save money and space.
  • Easy transfer of files and data between computers, faster than using external drives or online services.
  • Increased productivity from offloading tasks from one computer to another, making it possible to run multiple applications or processes simultaneously without overloading a single system.
  • Storing files in one location as the central and accessing them from both computers, helping to organize and back up important data.
  • Real-time collaboration on documents or projects.

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