checking that your father's company network supervisor agrees to using the machine on a public network. Many corporate network administrators will not be happy with this - especially if there are company data files on the machine.
that on your fathers laptop , the internet options in the connection tab are set to never dial a connection and in the LAN settings that they are set to automatically detect settings and not using a proxy server ?
Is the internal XP firewall awitched off or on , and has your router been DHCP enabled by your ISP as even if you have a dynamically assigned package from your ISP they do not always have this enabled automatically .
The TCP/IP settings are configured very easily on XP - both Proffessional and Home versions and should allow you to keep your fathers company network settings intact whilst alowing you to connect it to your own network . As long as the default gateway is set correctly and the DNS servers have been added , this should be connecting ok .
for Win 98 leave client for microsoft networks ticked and change the subnet mask to 255.255.255.0 as this works better .
The DNS should remain enabled , the domain name should be the ISP name , the home name remains the same ( name of the pc make ) . The DNS servers should be the ones which your ISP uses as these connect you directly to the server .
Sometimes you also have to add the ip address of your pc to this area , again if you have a dynamically assigned ip package , this is mainly the last . on the ip of your router address .
Change whatever is after that last dot to .1 or .2 and set all the other pc's on the network to following numbers i.e. .5 , .6 , .7 etc. , this also helps the pc's connect to the router more quickly .
'Obtain an IP address automatically' should work , although it sometimes needs a hand !
Above all , shut down for about 20secs after any network settings changes as this will make sure the OS has had time to absorb and adopt the data info you have just set .
Hope this helps
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