I have the same question that user ronJD had on 10/25/99 it stated:
"I have installed Linux Mandrake (Red Hat) 6.5. The machine is on a home network which includes Win95/98 machines and a cable modem capable of DHCP, connected directly to the network's hub (Ethernet,10baseT). I have internet access by Netscape over the Linux box. Can I connect with the other Win9x boxes on the local network through TCP/IP as peer-to-peer using DHCP without making the Linux box a gateway? How do I do it? Is it a good way to go? I'd rather not keep the Linux box running all the time."
the differences are that i dont mind if the linux box is running all the time and i am running rehat 5.2. I just want to connect a few windows 98 machines to a linux box that has the cable modem attached to it. I have the linux machine configured with two ethernet cards but cant see the other windows machines. The windows machines do see one another though.