I am having trouble setting up a simple 2-computer home network and need some advice. I know absolutely nothing about networks so hopefully I have provided enough information to help.
Computer 1: Pentium 4, 1.5Ghz and 256MB ram. Running Windows 2003 Server Enterprize Edition
Computer 2: Pentium 3, 800Mhz (I think) and 196MB ram. Running Windows 2000 Server SP4
What I need to do is a simple home network so computers can access each other, but do not need to share programs or the internet connection as they both run independently. Both computers are on a hub to access the internet. They each have their own ip address as this (actually 3 ips) are included with my ISP. I'm looking for the easiest way to have a private network for these two computers so the 'internet' cannot access any shares that may be needed. Advice from a friend was to remove the DHCP and change the ips of the computers, however, they cannot access the internet if I do that. My ISP has informed me that I must use DHCP in order to connect to the internet. I'm trying to keep as simple as possible and therefore using a workgroup. Both computers are pointing to the same workgroup name and using tcp/ip. When I go under the network places, after a long wait (almost 1-2 minutes) I cannot see either computer and get errors that tell me the workgroup is not accessible and "The list of servers for this workgroups is not currently available". I appreciate any help that I can get.