Father in law has available: 1 pc with win xp 1 pc with win 98 1 photocopier/printer requiring ethernet connection to pc with win xp wanadoo broadband with usb modem currently attached to win xp pc and a dlink router.
Ideal solution would be replace router with modem router to allow all connections, however interested if there is a way of utilising available kit to set up network. Issue is only way to connect current modem is via usb and ethernet port on win xp pc currently has photocopier/printer attached.
Can router share connection from win xp with 98 machine and photocopier/printer with both machines? The control panel for photocopier printer appears in IE on desktop.
"Can router share connection from win xp with 98 machine and photocopier/printer with both machines? The control panel for photocopier printer appears in IE on desktop."
The simple answer is yes. It sounds like you have what is described as a network printer because you say you plug an RJ45 plug into it. As long as the 2 PC's have network cards in them then you plug them all into your router and as you said you would then configure the printer the I/explorer.
Once you have that up and running you could then go on the net via your XP machine and use "internet connection sharing" so that the win 98 PC goes on the net via the XP machine.