Cables

Laplink USB, parallel and serial cables all include the electronics necessary to enable ultra-fast peer-to-peer communication between computers. To create the fastest connection, Laplink uses only the best cables and chipsets available. Please make sure to check software and operating system compatibility in the cable comparison chart below!

USB 2.0 Cable

Laplink USB 2.0

High-speed data transfers up to 480 Mbps.

Laplink Ethernet

High-speed data transfers up to 100+ Mbps.

Cables represented here are examples only, your cable may vary in color.

Cable Features

What's so unique about Laplink USB cables?

USB was designed as a PC-to-peripheral communication mechanism. Because of this design, it is not possible to plug a passive cable between the USB ports of two computers and transfer information. In fact, if you try this with an ordinary USB cable, you'll short the two power supplies together, possibly destroying one or both machines. Laplink cables include the necessary electronics to allow for the fastest peer-to-peer communication between the computers.

Why aren't all USB cables compatible with all Laplink products?

Different USB cables use different chips in the middle. To create the fastest connection, we use only the best cables and chipsets available. As we improve Laplink software, we find that certain cables just aren't fast enough.

Comparison Chart

Feature Laplink USB 2.0 Laplink Ethernet Serial Parallel
Cable Color Orange/Silver/Black Orange & Gray Blue Yellow
USB Compatibility USB 2.0 Backwards
Compatible to USB 1.1
N/A N/A N/A
Max Transfer Speeds 480 Mbps (theoretical) 100+ Mbps* 0.4 Mbps 0.7 Mbps
Supported Software Laplink Gold
12, 2008, Win7
PCmover
PCsync 5.x, 6.x
Switch & Sync
FileMover 5.x
PCmover
PCsync 5.x, 6.x
Switch & Sync
FileMover 5.x
All Laplink
Software except:
PCmover
PCsync 5.x, 6.x
FileMover 5.x
All Laplink
Software except:
PCmover 5 and up
PCsync 5.x, 6.x
FileMover 5.x
Supported OS Win XP and older
Win 2003
Win Vista
Win 7
Win 8
Win XP and older
Win 2003
Win Vista
Win 7
Win 8
Win XP and older Win ME and older
PCmover Only:
Win Vista and older
Cable Length 6ft 7ft 8ft 8ft

*Most computers have a 100 Mbps or greater network card. Please contact the manufacturer if you are unsure of what yours is.

Legacy Cables

Have one of our older products on an older system, or just need a serial or parallel cable for something else? Buy one below!

 

Serial Cable

Serial
Data transfers up to 0.4 Mbps.

Parallel Cable

Parallel
Data transfers up to 0.7 Mbps.

Need help with your cable?

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