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network troubles
seagrams Dec-26-00 11:43 PM
I have two computers (P3 500 and Athlon 650) that I am trying to network together. The two network cards I'm using were salvaged from two P 166's we used to use. In the past, we networked the two using a coaxal cable with terminators and had no trouble networking. But lately, it have been impossible to link them up (the p3 to the Athlon or the two 166's together). Each computer only sees itself in the network neighborhood and not the other computer. I have also tried to search for the other, but it doesnt show up. I have reinstalled every driver possible, windows 98, and all the necessary network components. I was thinking the cards had broken down, but they seem to work fine connecting to the network at my workplace via CAT cables. Knowing that it is not the cards that are the conflict, I was thinking it was the coaxial cable that was broken(I also tried different terminators) . So, now I'm thinking of getting a hub and two ethernet cables or even a crossover cable to connect them. But I just wanted an opinion before going out and spend money and find out it still doesnt work. Please help.

1. RE: network troubles
robert03 Dec-27-00 01:01 AM
In response to message 0
trust me get the cat5 and hub, coz if not now then the coaxial will give u trouble.
anyway you didnt give much info about your network, what protocol are u using, did u try to ping. If u can see the machine in its network neighbour hood ,then something must be wrong with the cable.

2. RE: network troubles
seagrams Dec-27-00 01:39 AM
In response to message 1
thanks for helping out rob, yeah, i thought it would be the cable. is the setup using the cat5 and hub faster or just more user friendly? Oh, for my network i'm using the ipx protocol, netbeui, and i used to use tcp also, but i removed that. And for the ping, is that a program? or is it something i already have that i'm not aware of?

3. RE: network troubles
lbyard Dec-27-00 05:27 PM
In response to message 2
My opinion on coax is at http://duxcw.com/faq/network/thinwire.htm. I have built hundreds of networks, many with coax. Larry

4. RE: network troubles
robert03 Dec-27-00 09:08 PM
In response to message 3
If u want to save cash and then i think you should visit larry's.
But if u have no patients like me then get the hub and cat5 ,yes its is faster 10mbps or 100mbps, depending on the cards and hub u buy.
ping is a built in utility used to to test tcp/ip settings, just type ping "ip" at the dos prompt.
but since your not using tcp\ip forget it.
Anyway if u'r caomputers cant see each other then on a coaxiel network i would always suspect the cable(hate those things)

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