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Usage of Direct-Cable Connection


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If you are having problems to establish a Direct-Cable Connection :
let me tell you already now that there is a
DCC Trouble-Shooting page and
that you can test / troubleshoot your Parallel DCC connection using a great
utility from Parallel Technologies called
DirectParallel Connection Monitor
Note: there is a special setup for using a Direct-Cable Connection to share an
Internet Connection.

Before starting the DCC-"Guest", make use, that the DCC-"Host" is running:

If your settings are still proper, just
click on "Listen", otherwise click
on "Change" to check the setup and to
modify it (if required)
If you make a change, select again your
role to be a Host.
Select again your connection method
You can define a password for the
Such a DCC password has nothing
to do with any other password
on your system, but if you define it,
a system connection via DCC must
define it
(like when connection from

Your system will then wait for an
incoming Direct Cable connection.

Note: Without a DCC host waiting
for a connection, a DCC client (or guest)
can NOT make a connection.


Start then DCC on the "Guest":

It will establish now a connection to the "Host".

If it does not establish the connection, it can have several reasons,
Trouble Shooting a DCC Connection

DCC now make a search on the "Host" system:

If you did not install on the "Host" the "File and Printer Sharing" and if you did NOT share something, you will be reminded now.

So, make sure, that the "Host" has "Shared" something:

The "Guest" will display then the list of available resources on the "Host":

If you need this list again, call up up from the "View Host" on the "Direct Cable Connection" and from your "Network Neighborhood":

BUT: If you call up the Network Neighborhood too quickly, you
still may get the error-message : "Unable to browse the Network":

First, if you have no Ethernet board installed in the DCC-hosts system:
did you
"ENABLE" on the DCC-host the Browse-Master ?
If not, Network-Neighborhood will NEVER work.
If yes, be patient for a few minutes (for the systems to adjust) and then try it again.

Done !

You are now ready to transfer data:

But do not expect too much speed:

Performance of Direct-Cable Connection


"Can I access the DCC Client from the DCC Host ?"

Yes, with limits.
Make sure, that "File-and-Print Sharing"
is installed on the DCC Client system
and that SOMETHING is shared.

Trying on the DCC Host to browse the "Network Neighborhood" give the usual error
message "Unable to browse the network".

So, lets use the other access-methods: FIND / COMPUTER:

The DCC-client is found, but double-clicking on it does NOT show the shared resources, but gives an error-message (which means nothing to me, I cannot explain it).

So, we try now the most direct access method, using from the Windows Start-Menu the
RUN-command to enter the name of the DCC-client in server-format: \\<name>:

The system still cannot access the
DCC client, and proposes to use
dialup-networking to connect to it:
close it by selecting NO.
so, no luck.
Last try: type into the RUN-box the
URL of the shared resource on the
The Dialup-Networking box may
popup again, close it.
But then you should see now the
data shared on the DCC client and
can access it, copy files via
However: you still cannot map
a network drive.

Why do we have all these limitations on accessing the data, why does the
Network Neighborhood not work ?

It all depends on your Windows Logon:

The network is configured for:
"Client for Microsoft networks"
which is also defined as
"Primary Network Logon"
but on starting Windows, we
get 'only' the Windows Logon,
(NOT the Network Logon).

All this is different, if the DCC Host has a network card installed and the DCC Client connects to a Network: the Network Neighborhood works (this is actually the same behavior on using dialup-networking)

"Can I share my Internet Connection via a Direct Cable Connection ? "

yes : Modem Internet Connection via DCC

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