I have a PC with Windows98, and recently bought a laptop with WindowsXP. I'd like to know the best way to network the two. We do not have Telco DSL or Cable DSL in our area, and are relegated to Dial-Up access to the WWW.
Should we invest in an inexpensive router, switch, and Proxy Server Software, or just connect the two computers via Cat5 crossover cable?
I know enough to be dangerous, working in telecom for 30 years, but know very little about networks. I like the idea of the router, etc, because I'd like to experience building this small network.
Since we only have the two computers, both may be on line at the same time. If our PC serves as the Proxy Server, can it still be used as an everyday, run of the mill PC, as well as Proxy Server?