If I would have to do the same thing, I would have done in this way:
First of all, you have to configure both the laptops in the same network. So, make the following configuration:
Laptop 1 : Ip Address: 192.168.100.1 Netmask : 255.255.255.0 Gateway : 192.168.100.2
Laptop 2 : Ip Address: 192.168.100.2 Netmask : 255.255.255.0 Gateway : 192.168.100.1
Note: Gateway of Laptop 1 is the Laptop 2 & Gateway of Laptop 2 is the Laptop 1.
Check the connectivity between the two by using ping utility.
On one of the machine (which you want to make as ssh server or from which you want to transfer file/folder to other machine), install openssh by using the following command:
$ apt-get install openssh-server
Run the following command in the other laptop where you want to transfer the folder/file.
$ scp -r firstname.lastname@example.org:/path/folder /home/user/.
Note: Here -r option is used to copy the folder recursively meaning copying every file inside the folder.