I have a home network with two PCs, WinXp Pro (ICS host) and Win98se, connected with a Stratitec 5 port 10baseT hub, 2- Realtek RTL8029(AS) PCI NICs and 2- straight CAT5 cables. Installation and configuration went smoothly and everything worked fine.
However, I replaced the hub with a Link-Max LM-205 "High Performance 5 Port Fast Ethernet 10/100 Switch" and now I have NO network. The cables are attached to ports 1 and 2 and both LEDs are ON and the LED on port 5(uplink) is also ON without a cable attached. None of the 3 LEDs are flashing. I switched the cables to various ports and still nothing...except when I attached a cable to port 5, the LED began flashing.
On both machines, I have TCP/IP and IPX/SPX installed. My IP addresses are 192.168.01(host) and 192.168.xxx.xxx (I've tried several including OBTAIN AUTOMATICALLY), subnet mask 255.255.255.0, GATEWAY 192.168.0.1 and DNS provided by my ISP.
On the NICs, I've tried FULL and HALF-DUPLEX and AUTO...uninstall and reinstall...reboot, reboot and reboot several times.
I've rebooted the switch at almost every step. I finally gave up and replaced the switch with the hub and everything is working again.
I'm somewhat new to networking so please forgive me if I'm missing the obvious. After doing my homework and RTFMs (yes I did...maybe I'm strange) I assumed that all I needed to do was plug the switch in and VOILA!
Thanks in advance for any comments, ideas or solutions.