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Can USB Type C be used for networking?

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Hello,

I realize this is probably a very dumb question but can you link two windows computers together via the type-c connectors? I'm wondering if there is a cheap way to significantly get a lot more than gigabit speed between two home computers for backups.
post #2 of 3
As far as I know, there is no native support in USB 3.0 or 3.1 to just connect the two together as you would with a Crossover Ethernet cable.
Closest in function would be a USB 3.0 Data Transfer Bridge like this. Alternatively you could look at a couple inexpensive USB 3.1 to gigabit Ethernet adapters. It wouldn't typically be more economical, but has some unique advantages(max length).

Now, if your Type-C ports are connected to a Thunderbolt controller, you should be able to directly bridge between Windows 10 PCs as well as Mac machines.
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Thread Starter 
Interesting - thank you. I think I'll use your very helpful post and start again with a thunderbolt question - I appreciate your help!
Edited by boed - 4/11/17 at 3:15am
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