I have one each: W2K Professional, XP Home, and Win98r2 PC's connected to an SMC7800BR "Barricade" router. The router in turn is connected to a cable modem.
I tested all cards and cables by hooking them up one at a time directly to the cable modem, and was able to surf the net.
It's been a long, hard, uphill battle (this is my first networking effort of any kind), but I can now get internet access through the router, via the cable modem for both the W2K and XP machine. I can also set up file shares between these two computers.
The WIN 98 machine is another story. I've read conflicting advice regarding what will work and what won't on that machine, but so far all I get is for it to "see" both the XP and W2K machine in Network Neighborhood... but when I try to click on those machines I get a variety of error messages (depending on which permutation of the IP protocol setup I'm trying at the moment).
Usually it says that I can't browse the network.
One other interesting fact is that the Win98 machine is defualting to the "169" IP address assignment. It can't see my router at all, even though when I connect directly from the Win98 machine to the cable modem, it gets DHCP assingments from the cable system just fine.
Any comments? Just what protocols and settings should I try on the Win98R2 machine? IPX/SPX? NetBios on IPX/SPX? TCP/IP? And which ones should I have "bound" to the File and Print Sharing service?
Sorry to be so long-winded, but I've spent probably 80 hours trying to get this to work. (I'm stubborn).