infrared file transfer

  chriscross72 09:39 26 Mar 2006

I own an Acer N30 and an E-Machines E4020
If I buy an infrared dongle will i be able to transfer files between the two gizmos just by plugging the dongle into usb, or are there any other settings i'll need to alter within Windows XP Home(SP2)
Thanks : ))

  ed-0 11:33 26 Mar 2006

basically, yes. You would need to put the software on and point the devices at each others Ir. Right click the file and pick send by Ir. Transfer rates will be painfully slow, around 500Kbps ( 1/2 a meg ) and the connection can drop quite easily.

If both machines have a lan ( ethernet ) port then just buy a cheap rj45 cross over cable for a few pounds. You could then send data back and forth at a tremendous rate.

  mgmcc 12:41 26 Mar 2006

While using a crossover ethernet cable, as already suggested, is probably the best option, Bluetooth dongles would be better that Infrared. They don't need a "direct line of sight" and when installed will automatically create a PAN (Personal Area Network) which you can configure similarly to a LAN and then transfer files as with any network.

  LivEviL 12:46 26 Mar 2006

i wouldnt advise using infrared as above its very slow! very very slow!

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