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February 08, 2008

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Nick

Those special USB cables are semi-officially referred to as "Double Bulk Pipe" devices.

Within USB device driver parlance, a "bulk pipe" represents a channel for bulk data flow operations. The DBP device simply has one going from each computer to the other.

FreeBSD has a driver (udbp) that can be used to network two machines together this way.

Of course, these devices have largely been obsoleted by wired and wireless LANs.

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