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Best Ways to Connect Two Windows 11 Computers to Each Other

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

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In today’s world, sending and receiving information between devices has become very important, and knowing how to connect two Windows 11 computers easily is an essential skill to learn. This will come in handy when you need to send files or documents to another device quickly.

Because of the importance of this skill, we have compiled a list of steps to successfully connect your Windows computer to another device and share documents between them. If this sounds good to you, continue reading to the end.

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.
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  2. Click on the Network and Sharing Center option.
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  3. Next, click the Change advanced sharing settings option on the left-hand side.
  4. Enable the toggle for Network discovery as well as File and printer sharing.

2. Make use of a crossover Ethernet cable

A crossover Ethernet cable is a kind of Ethernet cable that enables direct connections between two devices without a switch or router. Basically, it allows two computers to be linked together for file sharing or gaming.

  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.
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  4. Next, click on the Network and Sharing Center option.
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  5. Now, select Change adapter settings from the left pane.
  6. Double-click on your network then choose Properties.
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  7. Now, look for Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), click on it and select Properties.
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  8. Click the radio button for Use the following 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.
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  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.
  14. Once done, go to File Explorer, and click Network from the left pane. You should be able to view the second computer.
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  15. Double-clicking on the computer will let you see your shared file or folder.

3. Make use of a Bluetooth device

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.
  2. Click on Add device and pick Bluetooth.
  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.
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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.

  1. Hit the Windows key to open the Search bar, type PowerShell, and select Run as Administrator.
  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
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  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

Final Thoughts

This post has listed some ways to connect two Windows 11 computers easily. Ensure that you follow these steps closely to get a positive result. If you have further questions, contact us via the comment section below.

If you would also like to know how to enable and use nearby share on Windows 11, check out the linked article for more information.

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