I can't get my ME and XP system to talk to each other no matter what. I also tried network wizard (which always fails at the end, and tells me to go manual), assigning private 192.*.*.* IP, IPX, enabling Netbios over IP, and zip. No matter what, they will not see each other. I even plugged the two together using a TP null modem, and the xp and me systems couldn't even ping each other. I'm running pro, but after this experience I'd be very reluctant to run this in a mixed os/protocol enviroment...I'd hate to be the poor tech who had to make it work on a netword running Novell (IPX).. Let me clarify my present situation... I do not want access to the internet for the older ME. I'd considered this awhile back when our ISP decided to charge extra for the second IP...plus, I'd had good experience hooking the p2p together using ipx/spx...IPX was reliable, and secure from the outside world (unbound from netbios). I just use the older system for storage. That's about all it's good for. I had (back before October) been using my two systems, both loaded with ME, one with IPX (older) and the newer TCP/IP and IPX/SPX....IP for the internet, IPX for internal. Let me describe the hub. It's a small 3Com 8/TPO (8 port switch assignable)... Into this is plugged 1) my AsusA7V133 AMD 1.33 system, now running XP Pro. 2) Teryon Cable Modem with Crossover cable (for internet access) 3) P233 Millenium system... This is only done for convienance (plugging into the hub) by allowing all system to talk to one another (except the modem to the older system, again keeping it seperate for security nothing more). The hub (in this setup) is nothing more then that. A hub... I'm keeping it simple. I use the XP system to ftp, run G3 server occasionally, connect to the internet...etc....The other system is storage for my old files. Nothing more. Hopefully this clarifies what I'm doing... I'd really rather avoid hooking the systems together with IP...even private IP. It would allow insiders into the older system, and I don't need the extra headache. IPX works fine, so I'd like to stay with it for internal routing...If I can get it working reliably on both system...I'm just not sure what they won't talk to one another. Netbios is bound to IPX so I'm not sure why it won't work (unbound for IP)... Thanks again. Hope this clarifies my present mess.