I would use the ethernet cards with a UTP Cat5 crossover cable. This will
eliminate the need to to purchase a hub.
Windows contains all of the software to network the laptop to the other
Once the network cards are installed, it is necessary to add a unique
computer name and a common workgroup name to each workstation via Network
Properties (Network Icon) in Control Panel.
It is also necessary to add Client for Microsoft Networks (Enables a
workstation to access resources off another workstation) and File and Print
Sharing for Microsoft Networks (Which enables a workstation to share its
It also necessary to add a protocol (A common language for communications
between the two workstations (Netbeui being the easiest to configure)
This is all done from the network icon in Control Panel also.
You will need a Windows98 cd when you add these networking components.
Finally when both workstations are setup, you share drives on both
workstations by right click a drive in My Computer and selecting sharing.
Both workstations appear in Network Neighbourhood, and you can access files
in this manner.
Hope this info is a help.
> i am trying to figure out how to connect my notebook to my desktop so that
> can transfer files from the notebook to the desktop. both are running
> windows98SE, have ethernet cards and have USB ports. I was tinkering with
> the idea of just hooking the two up using a an ethernet cable, or USB
> would this be a viable solution? would i need software to run this
> mini-network of mine?
> any inputs would be greatly appreciated.