I had been threatening to network my two home computers for years, but was put off by the fact that they are at opposite ends of the house and phone networking kits don't seem to be available in Australia. I was finally forced to action by my 15 year old son, who hogs the dial up internet connection to the exclusion of all others. So I bought two 10/100 cards, had a 25 metre crossover
cable made up and set to plugging cards, drilling holes and routing cable.
I had an initial hitch with sharing an Epson inkjet printer at my son's end, which had me puzzled for quite a while, but I finally discovered the answer on your forum (LPT5 and all that). Thanks Larry.
What a great thing home networking is! Fast file transfers (about 75 seconds for a 100mb file), no more carrying floppy disks between printers, and best of all, with ICS I can get on the Internet whenever I want. In fact, as I type this, my son is playing Starcraft with a kid in Thailand. And all for seventy bucks and a half day's work! Should have done it years ago.
I have one small question. Sometimes from my end (Win Me) it takes a minute or so to access the other (Win98SE) computer, and then maybe another minute to open one of the drives or folders. It doesn't seem to matter whether the other computer is busy at the time. Other times they connect instantly. This occurs randomly, and not in the other direction. Could there be a reason for this?