It's just a crossover ethernet cable to transfers**t from the old computer. Frankly what people pay for cables from Monster, this doesn't surprise me, nor is it anywhere near as bad as what Monster does.
Cross over cable is either ethernet, USB, or in the old days parallel. I think the one here is an USB cable crossed so both sides are type A connectors. I can make you a cross-over ethernet cable in 5 min, give me $30 bucks a pop.
For transferring of data, you need to do more than just hook up the cable. You need to setup networking in both machines in order for it to work. The quickest and easiest solution for consumers would be just dump the files to a USB drive and transfer later.
This cable option is in many "For Home" laptops. But it's not in "For Business" ones, in the Dell website. I guess Dell is just trying to rip off a few bucks from general consumers.
there are in and out wires on teh cable to give and receive data, if you could follow the wire that sends data out it will go to where data is received on the other NIC, and 5 mins is a bit long to make 1, I hope when you said 5 mins you mean with your eyes closed .
Dude, I am not a Pro cable guy, so 5 min is not too bad. Much of the time used is because I'm ocd about whether I get the right color wire in the right pin. T568B with all 4 pairs crossed is usually what I do, so it's good for 1000baseT.
Almost no one needs a crossover ethernet cable these days anyway - most modern NICs will automatically sense what you're trying to do (NIC to switch/hub or NIC to NIC) and do the crossover, if needed, for you in firmware.
But yeah, $30 for a USB A-A cable is nuts. But I guess these guys need to make money somehow in their race to the bottom on the prices of the computers themselves...
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I agree with Bungle that there are alot of jealous envy running amuck here because you yourself didnt think to try and sell a cheap cable for 30.00 bucks...
You're probably sitting back chanting to yourself "man i wished i had thought of that"... lol
Beavis is correct in that... today's NICs dont need to have a physical crossover cable as the NIC hardware are able to negotiate the necessary chatter needed to make a complete connection. Crossover cable are pointless.