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Networking 2 or more computers means connecting them so data and resources (like printers and Internet connections) may be shared by all computers in real time on the network. BCSS Diamond and Virtual support networking (cabled - not wireless) .
Networking with cables is not necessary to transfer database files from one PC to another.
Use a Flash Drive to Transfer BCSS Data
|A 'flash drive' is a small external storage device that utilizes a USB (Uniform Serial Bus) port on the PC. Flash drives are handy for other tasks. (You can, for example, save pictures on a flash drive and view those pictures on another computer.) They are under $10 so purchase one with 2 gigs or more of storage space.|
How to Use a Flash Drive to Transfer BCSS Data from 1 PC to Another
Email the Data Files to Yourself
After completing data backup, locate the data backup folder. Right click on it and select Send To. Choose 'Compressed (Zipped) Folder' (or something similar). Type in a name like bcssdata-mystore-4-1-13. Windows will compress the data into another folder named bcssdata-mystore-4-1-13.zip. Just send an email to yourself (or anyone) and attach the zip file.
On the secondary computer, download the email and save the .zip file to the Desktop. Double click on the zip file and unzip the contents of the zip file in the same Desktop folder, then perform data restore using the unzipped files.
Network BCSS for Data Transfer Only
The easiest and fastest way to transfer data from one PC to another is via a wireless connection (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Infrared). The latest laptops have Wi-Fi enabled. Most modern computers have Bluetooth. Please refer to wireless.
As the name implies, cables can be used to connect 2 or more computers together.
Please note: A cabled Ethernet network is the only type of network that supports the use of BCSS for operational purposes. Please see Run BCSS on a Network.
For data transfer using cabled networks, 2 methods may be used:
1. Null modem serial cable (or parallel peripheral cable)
2. Special-purpose USB cables
Procedures for Connecting 2 Computers
Your computer's version of Windows is one of many. Each computer includes specific instructions for networking it successfully. Please go to Start > Help and search for networking. Microsoft has provided complete details and links where needed to complete a network setup, including a network wizard which will make auto-adjustments as needed for security.
Serial and parallel connections may be used to connect 2 and only 2 PCs. The Direct Cable Connection (DCC) provides lower performance but offers the same basic functionality as Ethernet cables. DCC is not suitable for networking BCSS. It is sufficient for copying BCSS files from one PC to another. This may be a preferable method if the cables are already available and speed isn't important.
USB - Do not use ordinary USB cables to connect computers. Electrical damage is probable. Use special USB cables designed for direct connection.
This option is preferable if computers lack Ethernet network adapters but it is not an acceptable configuration for using BCSS on a network. It is suitable for transferring data only.
Support is free via email. For fee-based phone and remote-PC support please contact Russ Cox, Cox Technologies, 203-421-6471, Connecticut | email
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