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How to Create a Direct Cable Connection

Published: October 25, 2001

You can use the New Connection Wizard to create a direct cable connection to another computer. Although a direct connection is the easiest and most secure way to connect to a computer to which you need to gain access, this option is not feasible if the client and the server are not located at the same physical location. The type of cable determines the maximum length for the cable before communication degradation occurs.

To create a direct connection to a remote server or another computer from a remote client:

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel. click Network and Internet Connections, click Network Connections, and then double-click New Connection Wizard.

  2. In the New Connection Wizard, read the Welcome page, click Next, select Set up an advanced connection, and then click Next.

  3. On the Advanced Connection Options page, select Connect directly to another computer, and then click Next.

  4. On the Host or Guest? page, select Guest, and then click Next.

  5. On the Connection Name page, in the Computer name box, type a name for the connection.

  6. On the Select a Device page, select Communications Port COM1, and then click Next.

  7. If you want this connection to be made available to all users of this computer, on the Connection Availability page, click Anyone’s use, and then click Next. If you want to reserve the connection for yourself, select My use only, and then click Next. The Completing the New Connection Wizard page, appears as shown below.

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  8. Click Finish.

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