I have some large [about 6Gb] files on my laptop which I would like to transfer to my desktop. I don't have wireless network. What cables would I need? I tried just joining them using ethernet cable, but laptop didn't seem to be recognised. Is there a step I'm missing?
Look at the wires in the connectors. A Patch cable will have the wire colours running to the same pins at either end. click here shows you what they will look like. A Crossover cable will have some colours connected to different pins as shown.