networking 2 computers, need help (kind of long)
Ok guys I'm hoping that someone has done this before. I don't want to buy a router because I found out that I should just be able to use a crossover cable and connect the two computers together. (go to the last two paragraphs if you want to skip the crap)
So this is what I have and what I've done:
Parents old computer 366mhz computer is hooked through charter cable pipeline. When the internet was set up they hooked it up so only this computer could be directly ported to the modem and other computers had to be routed to this computer. Tried the router, got frustrated, brought it back because summer was over and I was going back down to austin, didn't need the router.
Asked the guy today at bestbuy and said I could just buy another ethernet card hookup a crossover cable to the two computers, set the IP addresses to 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.0.2 and have both with mask 255.255.255.0 and have them both on the same workgroup. One computer is running Win98 and mine is running XP, the only thing I have to get is the crossover cable and the main question is...
Has anyone done a LAN with two computers without a router or switch like this and has it worked, or do I have something wrong with the above paragraph. Would be extremely useful, I'm getting my mother a new computer and instead of them switching internet companies so i can get her new computer Online, if this works then she can have it on both.