Let me set the scene:
We have a 10 mbps network with about 20 nodes. Most of the PC's have 10mbps NIC's and some have 100mbps. Our hubs are both 10mbps and I can't purchase new ones. We have two CAD stations on running XP Pro and one runing NT 4.0. Both the CAD stations have to be on the original 10mbps LAN for file sharing purposes. The NT workstation stores all the CAD files and must share with the XP workstation. The sharing works fine, the only problem seems to be the 10mbps NIC's that seem to bring the two workstations to a crawl.
Now that all of that is said...the question:
I was thinking of adding an extra 100mbps NIC in each of the workstations and connecting them with a crossover cable. Is this the best way to go? Remember I am on little or no budget here. If it is possible, how do I get the CAD stations to connect to each other through the 100mbps NIC's and connect to the rest of the LAN through the 10 mbps NIC's? Thanks