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    Windows 98 network

    I am trying to set up a two computer network so I can use it to transfer files from my old computer (it's my son's NEW computer) to my new pentium 4 machine. I have installed an AOpen 10/100 mbps card in the old machine and the new one has the ethernet built in.

    I'm a bit thick when it comes to hardware installations but I think I followed all the right steps.

    Both machines have modems and will be at opposite ends of the house so in the end we won't be connected but I thought this would be a chance to learn a bit about networks and at the same time avoid the agony I experienced when I swapped hard drives to perform this task the last time I upgraded.

    I guess a big part of my problem is that I don't know the jargon. Do I want to set up a TIP network or a peer to peer or a.....? I have network set up to share files and both computers are named. When I look in Network neibourhood I see the machine I'm on but nothing else.

    Both machines are running Windows 98 and are connected with a cat5 cable.

    I've read the manual that came with the card and the windows 98 manual but somehow I'm missing the point.

    Anyone want to walk me through the settings I should have so I can see one computer from the other?

    Larry

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    Re: Windows 98 network

    Make sure that your CAT5 cable is crossover cable when running directly between two computers.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: Windows 98 network

    Chris,

    Sorry to seem dumb but how will I tell if it is crossover cable?

    The box says it is Cat 5e snagless patch cable. RJ45 male/male cable type.

    Do you know of a site for beginners to go to for a step by step on networking?

    Larry

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    Re: Windows 98 network

    With luck you should be able to see the colour-coding of the cores in each connector. A 'normal' pattch cable will have Pin1 to Pin1, Pin2 to Pin2 etc - in other words the same pattern at each end.

    A cross-over cable has Pin1 to Pin 3, Pin2 to Pin 6, Pin 3 to Pin 1 and Pin 6 to Pin 2.

    The fact it is not described as a cross-over cable would suggest it is not.

    The <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.netgear.com/network_starter_guide.html>Netgear</A> site is quite useful for learning the basics, although obviously based around using their products.

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    Re: Windows 98 network

    Just came across this site - <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.makeitsimple.com/how-to/dyi_crossover.htm>MakeItSimple</A> - which couldn't show what I was explaining above clearer.

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    Re: Windows 98 network

    You can also quickly look at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showthreaded.pl?Cat=&Board=netwrk&Number=105407&pa ge=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=0&vc=1#Post105407>this post</A> here in our own lounge.
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    Re: Windows 98 network

    Leif and Chris

    Thanks for your help

    Larry

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