Right. My desktop pc is connected to the internet through a USB2.0 port and a DSL-502T ADSL router. I also have an old IBM Thinkpad with USB1.1 but I connect the laptop through the same router through ethernet because I need both USB ports for other devices.
So: both can surf the internet at the same time.
The problem is, is that when I get home, I want to transfer files (ie, MS Outlook e-mail repositories, Word documents, etc) and have to use a USB stick. It's a pain at times, especially if I want to watch a DVD (the laptop doesn't have a DVD or CD reader, so I have to transfer it vob by vob and sometimes, it doesn't copy well. I've spent hours trying to put a DVD on the laptop).
Once, I lost my USB stick and had to open a new e-mail account, e-mail my documents to that account from the laptop, then download them on the desktop. Crikey!
I got to thinking the other day whether I can connect the laptop to the desktop and transfer files that way. I used the Microsoft home network wizard and completely stuffed up both machines. It took a while to get everything back to normal.
OK. So, with all my waffle, these are my questions if anybody has a clue:
1. Without buying any leads or additional software etc, how can I get access to my desktop pc with my laptop through my router, and
2. If number 1 is possible, I assume that the data is downloading - does it reduce my ISP's download cap (ie, my ISP gives me 12GB a month. If I transfer 10GB of data in a month from laptop to desktop, does that mean I only have 2GB left for the internet)?
I hope this makes some sense. I understand what I want to do but don't quite understand how to ask.