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PCmover Connection Options

Information on supported connection types for PCmover

PCmover supports a variety of ways to connect your old and new PC to perform a PC-to-PC transfer. Cables are NOT required since PCmover can always use a wireless network that is connected to your old and new PC. However, using a cable will result in faster transfer speeds for most users.  

These connection options are for transfers involving a physical old PC and new PC. To see other ways of transferring with PCmover, please see 'Transfer Methods'





Direct-Connect Ethernet

Laplink USB 2.0/3.0 Cables

Thunderbolt 3 Cable


Cable Comparison

Feature Laplink USB 3.0 Laplink USB 2.0 Laplink Ethernet Thunderbolt 3 (TB3) Hard Drive Transfer Cable
USB Compatibility USB 3.0 and below USB 2.0 and below N/A Thunderbolt 3 USB 3.0 and below
Max Transfer Speeds 5000+ Mbps 480 Mbps 1000+ Mbps* 20 Gbps (Passive)

40 Gbps (Active)
4800+ Mbps
Cable Length 8 ft / 2.4 m 8 ft / 2.4 m 7 ft / 2.1 m   Approx 3 ft / 1 m
Purchase Link Link Link   Link


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 will 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.