I just picked up another ethernet card (Hawking something...10M/100M), and it came with a mini switch. I wasn't sure how to configure the set up of just using another card and a crossover cable.....If this doesn't work, and yer able to help me along with just a crossover cable setup, that would be cool. The damn cables cost more than the hardware! Unbelieveable.....but I did get decent cables. I'm setting up my old system to run/store apps like Office, and access the software through the connection. I don't plan on playing any games through them. and both computers have modems, so I won't need to acces the net through the network connection (at least not yet). If none of this works, I'm just going to take it all back, and get drive controller card, and toss another hard drive in. I plan on using the higher end machine for a few games, and video editing.