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Is USB networking possible?

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I am wondering if I can take an ordinary USB cable, put it into the USB slots of two seperate computers, and network the computers together. I want both computers to be accessable to each others files. Both are Dell, but one has Windows 98 the other has Windows XP. Is this even possible with an ordinary USB cable, or should I look into getting one of the "special" USB cables?
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You have to go into control panel, network connections, and run the New Connection Wizard. Choose "Set up an Advanced Connection" choose to either be the host or client computer. Next screen choose the connection device. You can only use Direct Parallel (LPT1) or Communications Port (com1,com2). No usb.

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