two network cards

i want to connect three computer with UTP cable by installing two NICs in one computer and connect other with this one
i want to use WinME or Win98 in these computers
so how do i make this possible

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HandyAndyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
First, as a basic answer - you install the second card as you would the first, you should see it listed among the network cards as normal, once installed.

Here's the but...

To the best of my knowledge, you cannot share the same local IP address across 2 NICs under Win98 or ME, each NIC will have to have its own IP address e.g. and

However, the same IP address can be shared across 2 different cards under NT and/or Win2k (or so I have been told).

I don't know your reasons for wanting to do it this way, but it may be easier to get a 10mb or 10/100mb hub or switch.
The--CaptainConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I agree - unless you want the 'middle' machine to act as some sort of filter/router between the two machines (for experiments or something), do yourself a favor and get a cheapo hub or switch.


you can configure your NIC's with two IP address (eth0 as and eth1 as on the linux box, then you config the IP of the win98 box (connected on eth0) to be with gateway and the IP of winME box (connected to eth1) to be with gateway, then on the linux box you add a simple route between the NIC's and enable IP-Forwarding

route add gw
route add gw

echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward

as far as I know no matter the IP of the NIC's, if the IP-Forwarding is active you can reach the linux box with either of the IP's (
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