Basically, you dont have a computer running a DHCP server in your network. You will need to assign each computer an IP address in proper format. Make sure you gibe the IP address to the NIC and not dial up addapter or summit.
IP shouls be like this
Computer 1 = IP 192.168.0.1 | Subnet 255.255.255.0
Computer 2 = IP 192.168.0.1 | Subnet 255.255.255.0
P.S yes i do know its the same subnet
That should work, the only protocol the computers will need is TCP/IP binded to the Network Adapter. Hope this helps.
Incase your wondering if i nkow what im talking about
I have 5 netowkred computers in my house with a linux router connected to a cable modem so all computers have a nice 512k conn. The linux router has print and file server.
basically it roxx