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Chapter 25. Special Features for Noteboo... > Sharing Resources via a Direct Cable...

Sharing Resources via a Direct Cable Connection

With Direct Cable Connection, Windows 98 allows you to share files and resources (such as a printer) with another computer through either a cable or wireless infrared port connecting the two systems. If both PCs do not feature infrared ports, you must, of course, provide your own serial or parallel cable to attach the PCs. After you make the connection, you can quickly access or transfer files back and forth.

Under Direct Cable connection, one PC acts as the host (or server), and the other PC assumes the role of guest (or client). The host PC is the gateway that enables the guest PC to access a network to which the host is attached. In Windows 98 the host can act as a gateway for NetBEUI and IPX/SPX network protocols, as well as for TCP/IP networks.


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