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Networking Inexperience (seeking help)???
Happy_Gilmore May-20-02 05:06 AM
I wish to start up a peer-to-peer IPX network between two of my computers at home for sharing files, this is all I have so far:

Computer 1.
AMD K6 500MHz with Windows 98
and Novell/Anthem NE 1000 net card

linked to Computer 2 with a BNC Coaxial Cable,

Computer 2 has:
Pentium 166MHz with Windows 95
and Novell/Anthem NE 1000 net card.

So far so good the cards are both detected and fine in terms of opperation (both were opperating in a network previously). But I cannot establish a link between the two.

I was wondering if you could give me an idea of the settings I need to actually get this network up and running? For example the Frmae type etc as in the IPX settings.

Any assistance would be much apriciated as other sites (microsoft and novell) and professionals I have contacted have merely confused me by not giving me a straight answer or lead me on a wild goose chase (which is what actually lead me here).

Plese help you are my last real hope,

1. RE: Networking Inexperience (seeking help)???
Twinhead May-20-02 06:28 AM
In response to message 0
You are using Coax...
Are both ends inserted directly into the network cards ore are they connected to a splitter and terminated at each end with an 50 Ohm resistor? (Terminator)
The last should be, the first will probably couse errors in datatransmission due to reflections in the NON-terminated cable (See it as an SCSI bus).

Set BOTH machines at Frametype 802.2 Two different frametypes does NOT see each other, and 802.3 is an older protocol used with Novell Netware 3.11 .
Also install NETBEUI, otherwise browsing through the network is impossible (It still works good, but you have to now the EXACT UNC paths).
Install File and Printer sharing (A Network Service in Windows) to enable the browsing from one to another.
(Also assighn shares! otherways the other machine will see Nothing!)

If TCP/IP works over COAX, (I am not sure) Install that instead IPX/SPX.
With TCP/IP you can assighn the machines an unique IP number so that you can reach the other with its number.


2. RE: Networking Inexperience (seeking help)???
lbyard May-20-02 01:20 PM
In response to message 0
Also, be sure Windows has not assigned iterrupt 3 to the network adapters when they are actually set for a different interrupt. Windows does that for some (or all) Novell/Anthem NE 1000 boards. More info at these links: http://duxcw.com/faq/network/thinwire.htm and http://duxcw.com/faq/network/combonic.htm. Larry

3. Networking Inexperience (seeking help)???
Happy_Gilmore May-21-02 03:05 AM
In response to message 2
Thanks for the help guys,

That means all I realy need is another resistor for the opposite end.

Is it possible to obtain a connector so that I can add on additional length to a shorter cable or could a tee be used for this (as I have a few spares)?

4. RE: Networking Inexperience (seeking help)???
Twinhead May-21-02 04:26 AM
In response to message 3
You can use a "T" but it is VERY senstitve for errors, and total failure.
The grounding or inserting a strange voltage to the inner core at the base of the "T" can couse damage to the NICs!
Be sure to "close" the base of that "T" with good sticky-tape!
(Only use a "T" temporearly)!

There are connectors who have two female ends.
These are to be used for lenghtening a COAX cable.


9. Thank you.
Happy_Gilmore May-21-02 06:01 PM
In response to message 4
Thank you both for all of your help, fingers crossed that it works.

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