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How to Achieve a 10Gb Ethernet Connection and Transfer Files Between Windows PC Using Thunderbolt 3

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The VR ready MSI 14-inch GS43VR Phantom Pro Notebook comes with a Thunderbolt 3 based USB Type-C port which enables up to 10Gb (Full Duplex) Ethernet connection with another Thunderbolt 3 PC. Let's see how well the MSI 14-inch GS43VR Phantom Pro Notebook connects with the MSI GS73VR Stealth Pro also supporting Thunderbolt 3 over this Ethernet network.

We first connected both the MSI 14-inch GS43VR Phantom Pro Notebook and MSI GS73VR Stealth Pro using a Thunderbolt 3 cable. 

On the MSI GS73VR Stealth Pro, we accepted adding the new Thunderbolt device in the pop up. If you don't want to keep on seeing the 'New Thunderbolt devices have been attached' pop-up, select 'Always Connect'.

In the Windows System Tray there is also a Thunderbolt icon which if you select, will show the MSI 14-inch GS43VR Phantom Pro Notebook  enumerated with the MSI GS73VR Stealth Pro's Thunderbolt controller.

Go to the Windows File Explorer -> Network, and click to 'Turn on network discovery and file sharing'. Select the option to turn on network discovery and file sharing for all public networks.

Go to the Windows Settings -> Network & Internet -> Ethernet and select 'Unidentified network'. Note this is the Thunderbolt Ethernet network of the Thunderbolt connection between both PC's. 

Go to Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Network Connections and select the Thunderbolt Ethernet network seen here as 'Ethernet 2'. Right-click Properties and select the 'Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)' Properties. When a pop-up appears to warn you that the Microsoft Network Adapter Multiplexor Protocol will be disabled, select 'Yes'.

Manually enter the network address to start connecting with the MSI 14-inch GS43VR Phantom Pro Notebook

When connected successfully, you should be able to see the MSI 14-inch GS43VR Phantom Pro Notebook show up as a Device in the Windows File Explorer. A more convenient way to access files on the MSI 14-inch GS43VR Phantom Pro Notebook is to create a shortcut by selecting 'Map network drive'.

Type in the network location of the shared folder that contains the files that you want to access, after which the PC will start to link to the folder.

When connected, you will need to enter the user name and password for security reasons before you can access the folder.

Here we could copy and transfer a 2.9MB image folder to the MSI GS73VR Stealth Pro confirming the PC worked fine over Ethernet with the MSI 14-inch GS43VR Phantom Pro Notebook using Thunderbolt 3.

We also demonstrated how the MSI 14-inch GS43VR Phantom Pro Notebook used Thunderbolt networking to share files with the MSI GS73VR  Stealth Pro.

Similarly the MSI 14-inch GS43VR Phantom Pro Notebook would also need to go through the same process as the MSI GS73VR Stealth Pro to set up the Thunderbolt Ethernet network connection.

To enable file sharing, select the folder that contains the files to be shared and open the folder Properties.  

Under the Sharing tab, click Share to start the sharing process. You will be asked to add users with whom you want to share the files. Here we added 'Everyone' and set the Permission Level to 'Read' only.

Once sharing is complete, the shared folder link will be displayed which you can use to connect to the folder from another computer. 

You can also perform other configurations for the shared folder by selecting Advanced Sharing from the folder Properties. 

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