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Peer to peer on win98 - cant get network to work

I'm using two 3com 3c905c-tx-m nic cards, a 25 foot cat 5e cable, on two win98 systems.

system 1:
AMD Athlon 1.2G
256MB RAM
CDRW
LS120 - SCSI
DSL - USB

system 2:
AMD Athlon 600M
128MB RAM
DVD
LS120 - IDE

I followed step-by-step directions at http://www.wown1.com
and have both systems setup accordingly.

3com diagnostics for windows 98se says that the cards are working properly.  Device manager says that the cards are working properly.

The cable is new from Radio shack.

Neither system will see the other system.

I believe it is a cable problem and will try that shortly but this is my first network and I am abit lost.  did I buy the wrong cable, I mean does the 'e' on the end make a difference?

Can anyone help me please?  What am I doing wrong here?

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drlowery
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drloweryAuthor Commented:
I forgot to ask can I create a two system network without a router?  Can it be done by connecting the two with just a cable?
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SysExpertCommented:
A regular cat 5 or 5e cable is straight through and requires a hub to connect computers. A crosover cable can be used without a HUB.

Exchange your cable at radio Shack.

I hope this clears things up.

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drloweryAuthor Commented:
You were right I got it exchanged ten minutes after I posted the question and it works great.  Thanks for the links too.

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