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Windows XP Definition of Direct Cable Connection


for additional information:
See Parallel Technologies' Web Site for detailed information on
Windows 2000 DirectParallel
® DCC connections:
There are some very helpful Step-By-Step Setup Instructions for setting up
DirectParallel® Direct Cable Connection (DCC) on Windows 95/98/2000/ME:

If you plan to use a Serial (Null Modem) Communication cable, you must first
the communication cable as a modem

In the Control-Panel, select the
Network Connection icon:

(or right-click "My Network Places"
on the desktop and select Properties)

Select on the left under
"Network Tasks" to
"Create a new connection"
Up comes the
"New Connection Wizard".

Just continue with "Next"
"Network Connection Type" :
"What do you want to do"

Select to :
"Set up an advanced connection"

Connect directly to another computer
using your serial, parallel or
infrared port, or set up this
computer so that other computers
can connect to it.

"Which type of connection do you
want to set up ?"

Select, if you want to
"Accept incoming connections"
or whether you want to
"Connect directly to another computer".

It is like a telephone call :
one computer has to dial/ to establish
the connection, while the other system
has to "pick up the phone, when it rings".

In this example, I define that my
Windows XP system will "pick up the
call" : Accept incoming connections".
"Devices for Incoming Connections"

Select, whether to use a
"Direct Parallel (LPT1)" or
Serial communication via a COM-port
(if you like to use a COM-port , you
had to configure the COM-port as
a modem for the Communications cable

or it will not be listed here ! )

Due to the higher through-put, I am
using a "Direct Parallel (LPT1)"
Since the "New Connection Wizard"
is used for all kind of connections,
you will be asked whether to setup the
system to allow
"Incoming Virtual Private Network
(VPN) Connections".

This will be only required in very few,
very special network setups, but not
at home to just connect 2 systems to
exchange data.
please, select : "Do not allow Virtual
private connections"
"User Permissions"
You can specify the users who can
connect to this computer.

Not everyone will be allowed to
use such a direct cable connection,
define the users allowed to connect.
The "New Connection Wizard"
displays the "Network Software":
Networking software allows this
computer to accept connections
from other kinds of computers".

please, select (single-click) the
"TCP/IP Protocol" and then display
(click on the button) the "Properties"
"Incoming TCP/IP Properties"

By default, callers using the Direct
Cable connection will be allowed to
access other systems on the network.

The Direct Cable connection will require
TCP/IP addresses, which can be
assigned via DHCP (from either a
DHCP server on the network or via
Automatic IP Address generation from
the range 169.254.x.x).
Since I have no DHCP on my network,
and since my other systems use the
TCP/IP subnet 192.168.1.x, I specified
to use a range of IP-address.
Continue with OK, then NEXT.
You have now a new connection
It will show you, when the connection
is in use.

You are ready to accept incoming connections , like from a Windows95 system.

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