I have a Dell Dimension 8250 running windows XP Pro with a Pentium 4 at 3.06GH and 512 MB of RAM. I recently got my Father’s old computer, and I would like to network them, so I can transfer files easily, and share a Cable internet connection. The old computer is a 1994 Micron PC that has been upgraded to windows 98 Second Edition. It has a Pentium (I think original Pentium 1, and I don't know the speed), and 16 MB of RAM.
Both computers are in the same room and have modems, however, I live in an apartment without an active phone line. The cable internet connection comes out of a router with no free spaces, which I share with my roommates.
I've heard that if I buy 2 cheap Ethernet cards, and put one in each computer, I can just connect the two with an Ethernet cable. I'm not sure if this would work in this setup (the old computer doesn't even have USB ports and I don't know if it would accept an Ethernet card or not). If this would work, i'm thinking about getting a pair of Netgear FA311 10/100 PCI Ethernet Adapters (they have mail in rebates which bring the cost from $25 a piece to $3 a piece). I would appreciate any advice you could give me.