Short for Direct Cable Connection,
a Windows 95
feature that enables two computers to be connected via a serial or parallel cable. Once connected, the two computers function as if they were on a local-area network (LAN)
. Either computer can access files on the other computer. But because DCC does not require network interface cards (NICs)
, it is less expensive and simpler. The limitations are that it can connect only two PCs, and the data transfer rate
is slower than with a true LAN.