Networking Help........................

this is our first attempt at networking,
what we want to do is......

we have two computer systems exactly the same, both with network cards installed

we are approx. 75 - 100ft apart

we have a  NetGear 4 port Ethernet Hub
100' of RJ45 Cable

Both computers have windows 98 Second Edition
One printer is hooked up to one CPU

How do we go about properly networking so that my wife, sitting at her computer, can use the printer that is hooked up to my Computer and so that she can share the files that are loaded
on my computer (in MS-Word).

We are not sure how go about doing this, is there something we have to do on my computer in order to allow for printer sharing and file sharing.

A step by step explanation would be greatly appreciated in helping two novices out.

Thank You , Michael.
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jlevieConnect With a Mentor Commented:
In reverse order of your query since the ID tab may not have the necessary fields if the the second query needs attention first.

If, on the "Configuration" you don't have "Client for Microsoft Networks" and/or a protocol listed in the window, use "Add" to first add "Client>Microsoft>Client for Microsoft Networks" if needed, then "Add" "Protocol>Microsoft>NetBUI or TCP/IP".
And yes you can have them both, but it isn't necessary. To keep it simple, start off with just NetBUI. You can change to TCP/IP later if needed.

First query... On the "Identification" tab there's a field for "Computer Name" and each system has to have a unique name. There's also a field for "Workgroup" and that has to be the same for both systems.

If networking is installed, you should have a "Network Neighborhood" If networking isn't installed you need to add it from "Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs?". Right click on "Network Neighborhood" and select properties. In the window you should see "Client for Microsoft Networks", your ethernet adapter, and one or more protocols.

To share files you can use TCP/IP or NetBUI. If you've got a modem on one of the systems and later want to make it so that both systems can use the Internet through that modem, you need TCP/IP and can remove NetBUI, otherwise either will work (but you really only need one).

Select "Client for Microsoft Networks" as the "Primary Network Logon"

Go to the "Identification" tab, each computer needs a unique name and both need to be in the same workgroup. Also select "File and Print Sharing..." and check the appropriate boxes.

If you've selected TCP/IP as the Protocol, each computer needs an IP and netmask set. A good choice at this point is and, netmask Select "TCP/IP" and click "properties", set the IP & netmask.

Once each system has been setup and rebooted, they should be visible in each other's "Network Neighborhood". If you select some folder and "share it" that folder should become visible on the other system.

Hoping I didn't forget something...
joanbAuthor Commented:
Hi, Jlevie

two questions, you mention that under the Identification Tab each needs a unique name and both need to be in the same work group, how do we make sure we
are both in the same work group, just give each computer the same name ??

and you mention , to share files you can use TCP/IP or NETBUI, where do we find them in order to select them, can we choose both ???????????

waiting on your response and will send points your way.

Thanks again, this has been a great help.
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