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I want to connect my computer to another computer using RAS.  The other one is Win98 too and has RAS Server installed as well as TCP/IP.

When I try connecting, I can't see any computer in the full network (it says it can't find any).  Though my workgroup-name is the same.

Now what are all requirements for such a connection to succeed?  And what am I doing wrong?  The computer connects alright to it's internet provider.

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by:eschatar
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What kind of TCP/IP settings are you trying to use?  You can't use DHCP (automatic IP address assignment) in this configuration.  You'll have to manually assign IP addresses to the machines.  You'll also need a subnet mask.  If you want to use any kind of name resolution, you'll need to make entries in your hosts. file in your windows directory.  Notice that it's hosts. with nothing after the '.' it's supposed to be like that, but the sample file in your windows directory is called hosts.sam - be sure to rename it hosts. and save it when you're done.  Also make sure you have file and printer sharing installed on the machines, and that you haven't disabled the browser service. . .
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by:Odie
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Why can't I use DHCP - I've tried it before with two Win95 (with sharing installed - as in this setup) and it worked back then.
I'll have a look at that hosts.sam file.

Thx
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You must have been running another protocol at the time.  DHCP requires you to have a DHCP server installed on your network.  The DHCP server manages a specified range of IP addresses, and assigns them as new clients connect to the network, and request an address.  Without a DHCP server, there is no way for your machines to recieve an IP address.  Of course, when you dial your ISP to connect to the Internet, thier DHCP server assigns your PC an IP address.  But this address is only active on your modem's TCP/IP stack.

When you assign IP addresses and a subnet mask, use the subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 for both machines.  Then use an IP address where the first three numbers are the same on both machines, and the last number is unique.  For example machine #1 would have a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0, and an IP addres of 192.168.10.1 where machine #2 would have a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 and an IP address of 192.168.10.2
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