Serial Connection Network problems...

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Jul 30, 2003
First of all, I would like to say I would appreciate it if no one tells me, "You should just get two NIC cards and network that way." Everytime I've asked questions about this sort of thing, that's what people tell me, but as I have said before, I have spent over $50 just to find out there is a conflict between my modem and the three different ethernet cards I purchased (tried to find one that worked). So I've already invested to much money and way to much time to try that on these computers anytime soon.

Now that that's out of the way, here is my problem. I purchased a Null Modem Cable, I've got it going between the computers, and I know it works. I can play games over it just fine, but when I run the Comomunications Direct Cable Connection program that comes with Windows, I can never get the two computers connected.

What I have is this:

Computer 1
OS: Windows ME
Com port cable is connected to: Com 1

Computer 2
OS: Windows 98
Com port cable is connected to: Com 2

Both computers only have on Com port, so I'm not sure why Computer 2 only has Com 2.

Now, when I run the DCC program, I set up one computer as the host on it's correct Com port, and the other computer as the guest on it's correct Com port; I tell the host computer to Listen and the other to Connect. The DCC that is set up as Host says "Verifying username and password..." while the Guest DCC always says "Trying to connect..." and asks if both computers are hooked up or not. I don't have a password set up so I am not really sure why it tries verify the username or password; and I am not really sure why the guest computer never ever recognizes that there's a connection when there obviously is one.

Can anyone help me get them connected and a small network set up?

Thank you,



Sep 8, 2001
DCC is not how you'd want to set up a small network.

There is a excellent Networking tutorial, and many more, at http:/ What they don't come right out and tell you is that the really only secure way to do Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) is to use a Router ($50-$80). Routers have Hubs built in. And yes, you will need the ethernet cards :D Just because the cards didn't work it could possibly be Operator Failure and the advise was right, couldn't it? There is no option to Network without ethernet cards.

You'll have to disable the DCC to setup a Network, OK? DCC is for a direct cable transfer of information on a incidental basis, usually. I might suggest since you've clearly had frustrating difficulties that you ask how to correctly install those cards. Here in this forum perhaps.

A full virus scan on-line would be in order before you start the card installation and, since you've tried before, to ensure the ethernet card software is deleted in the Add/Remove Programs control panel then restart your computer.

And finally, if you're not using broadband there is no use in Networking for ICS with a dial-up connection. There is only bandwidth there for one (1) computer only.

I apologize for stating something you already know.
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