I just can't get two computers to communicate!
I bought a hub to set up a network at home. Both machines run Win98 SE. Both have been setup to access the internet through a (cable) network - so I know that's not the problem. Hardware seems to be fine for the same reason - it works to connect to the internet through a cable modem.
I need to share resources between the machines. To do it though the cable company means securing a new IP address at an additional monthly cost. Since I don't need to do this too often, that seems unnecessary.
I edited the Client For Microsoft Network settings per the instructions. I created a new workgroup and gave each machine a name. When I clicked on the whole network icon I got an error message stating that I could not browse the network.
I eventually created a user login for each machine. That brought up the whole network, but did not display the other computer on the system - only itself.
I have followed four different sets of instructions, as well as Microsoft's help, and I cannot figure out why there is no communication.
First the obvious - yes I do have Client for MS Network in the Network tab in control panel. Yes I do have a net card installed on both machines. Yes they both have identical setting (TCP etc.) Yes I did enable file sharing on both machines in Explorer.
I tried the NT Domain thing. I have tried everything that MS suggest in their trouble shooter.
Both machines have identical settings and do the identical thing.
One article I followed said that it was easy - about 1 hour from hardware start to software finish. I have about 6 hours in this and that is software only. his should be easy - RIGHT?
Perhaps I could set the machines up with one as a server and one a client, and that way keep the server hooked up to the cable modem - something I cannot do with a peer-to-peer network. Is that possible? Only one machine needs access to the internet, the other is file storage and perhaps printing. Would Linux do the trick?, and is it simple to use, and fairly compact as an operating system?