First post, by Ultrax
I have a closed (as in, offline and private) network for my old computers. I currently use it with my XP machines, and it is very useful. I even have the network set up with WiFi, so I can tap into it via my laptop (or an XP laptop) to transfer files.
Well, I recently installed Windows For Workgroups on my 486 machine. I don't have (or want) a CD-ROM drive for this machine, so my plan is, since it's WFW, just install an ISA NIC and have at it.
Would my 486 work properly with this network? The router for my closed network is quite new (still sold today, a Belkin F9K1119) so I wonder if it might use a more modern LAN protocol (is that even a thing?) that 3.11 can't recognize. I plan on getting it a 3Com 3C509B TPO EtherLink III. Assuming I install the drivers properly and run Network Setup under Windows and configure Windows to be able to share files with other computers on the network, would it be detected by other computers? For example, if I go to the Network tab in Explorer on my laptop, would it show up there? I have never done this before (clearly) so any help is greatly appreciated! 😀
Presario 425|DX2-50|8MB|SB V16S|D622/WFW3.11 😎
Deskpro XE 450|DX2-50|32 MB|NT4.0/95
SR2038X|Athlon 64 X2 3800|2G|GT710 WINXP
Dimension 4400|P4 NW 2 GHz|256M|R128U AGP|WINXP