How to Network and Share
an Internet Connection With Windows 98 Second Edition
Last updated: 2/12/2000
BUILD A NETBEUI NETWORK
You could build your ICS-enabled network directly
by wiring together some computers, installing a MODEM and TCP/IP, installing
ICS and stepping through the ICS wizard. I don't recommend it and it
probably won't work out-of-the-box. To encounter the least amount of
probable pain, I recommend that you follow these general steps:
Install Win 98 SE on at least one computer.
Install your MODEM with the TCP/IP protocol,
and configure and test it on the Internet.
Build your network and test it with the
Install TCP/IP for the network adapters.
Remove the NetBEUI protocol to reduce
Install and test ICS (according to this
Install any additional protocols you may
Win 98 SE on at least one computer.
The procedure in my article,
to Install the Windows 98 Upgrade
on a New Hard Disk Drive
does work with Win 98 SE.
your MODEM and configure it for the Internet. You have probably already
done this, or you have an operating Internet connection if you are reading
this article on-line.
a NetBEUI network following my instructions in the following article:
Network Two Windows 95/98 Computers
If you are networking more than two computers,
I recommend buying a Fast Ethernet Hub, connect your computers to the
Hub with a straight-through cables, and follow the rest of the article
on networking two computers.
See my article on making
network cables for advise on making, buying, and installing
If you are using all 100 Mhz Fast Ethernet
adapters (recommended), the hub doesn't have to be fancy with auto-sensing
or capable of NWay auto-negotiation.
DSH-5 is a good example of a low-cost, 5-port hub which works
well. It has more features than you need, but it hubs like it are becoming
common place. D-Link also makes eight and 16-port versions of this
hub. If you already have a 2-computer network with a crossover cable
and you are going to add a third computer and hub, don't throw away the crossover
cable. Most hubs have one port which can be configured for a crossover
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