Thanks to continuously improved technology, people no longer have to endure bulky laptops, and the design of the light-and-thin laptop is prevailing in the market within these years. As laptops become more portable, it is hard to incorporate full-functioned I/O ports. Therefore, Thunderbolt™ 4 has become a savior that offers multiple functions in one port, and now is commonly seen in premium laptops, including MSI Business & Productivity Series.
What is Thunderbolt™ 4?
Thunderbolt™4 is currently the most versatile and fastest protocol that offers up to 40Gbps bandwidth, various display options, and daisy chain connection, which can connect multiple devices simultaneously. In addition, Thunderbolt™ 4 uses Type-C interface and provides 100W power-in supply, which is beneficial for those who are annoyed by carrying diverse kinds of cables and weighty adaptors. Thunderbolt™ 4 was first introduced with 11th Gen Intel platform, and opened up new capabilities to do more. The interface is not only compatible of USB4.0 device, but offers Display port, HDMI and VGA, functions like audio port and card reader, and could even extends 3 extra Thunderbolt™4 ports for further demand.
Moreover, Thunderbolt™ 4 Networking enables 2 or more laptops transferring data and video directly with 10Gbps speed. As a result, people no longer need extra hard disk, cloud, or local network FTP to copy/paste or upload/download tremendous files and waste time in transferring.
Always waiting for file transfer to finish? Thunderbolt™ 4 Networking can do it in the blink of an eye.
Simply connect two or more computers by using Thunderbolt™ 3 or 4 cable and enjoy 10Gbps Thunderbolt™4 Networking, and the transfer speed is around 10 times faster than normal LAN adapter in real life!
*The tested models in this section are Summit E15 and Prestige 14 which support Thunderbolt™ 4, but Thunderbolt™ Networking is also applied in prior generation.
Here are the steps to enable file sharing through Thunderbolt™ 4 Networking:
1. Go to setting
2. Select Network & Internet
3. Select Network and Sharing Center
4. Select Change advanced sharing settings
5. In All Networks Section: Turn off password protected sharing, turn on public folder sharing
6. In Guest or Public section: turn on Network discovery and File and printer sharing
7. In Private section: turn on Network discovery and File and printer sharing
8. Right click on the hard disk you want to share, select advanced sharing under Give access to
9. Select Advanced Sharing
10. Click Permissions
11. Select ”Everyone” and tick all allow check boxes
12. Repeat above steps on another computer
13. Make sure you have the software “Thunderbolt™ Control Center” installed. Once two computers are connected through Thunderbolt™ cable, another computer’s name will show up in Thunderbolt™ Control Center.
14. The name of another connected computers will also show up on desktop as a shortcut icon. Click it and you are ready to transfer files by just drag and drop.
Now, enjoy the multi-functional Thunderbolt™4 and boost your efficiency by Thunderbolt™ 4 Networking with MSI latest Business & Productivity Series.
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