About 20 years ago, I connected two DOS machines using the INTERLNK command and a cable between the two, although I can't remember now whether it was connected to the serial or the parallel ports. I do recall getting that "Wow" feeling the first time I saw one PC's directory show up on the other PC's screen.
Ah, InterLnk and InterSvr on a null modified cable ( aka "LapLink" ). The first step out of the stone age for DOS. They worked on either interface but Parallel was definitely the way to go. I think in Win95 Plus they officially called it "Direct Cable Connection".
I can remember a few other 3rd party Solutions too ...
- Briggs LinkMaven
- Rainy City FastPCLinker
- Laplink ( obviously )
Depending on LPT ports you can get from a few hundred KB/s to 1 or 2 MB/s ( using the last EPP motherboards ) which pretty much blew away all other methods. That high rate was dependent on error checking in the software used to control the connection, but astonishingly it was often faster than some broadband over here even today
( 15 Mb down is pretty common and that is only 1.8 MB/s ). In fact, for many MANY years this was even faster than Ethernet was ( the 10 Mb flavor that lasted for what seemed like forever! ). Of course, the storage was severely limited in the DOS days so that speed meant you could copy or fill an entire HDD ( sub 100 MB was typical ) in a minute!EDIT:
Edited by CharlotteTheHarlot, 21 June 2013 - 01:27 AM.