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They have one for $39.95
Part NO: usbg-300
USB PC TO PC Network Bridge Cable
This unique cable allows you to easily construct a network via USB port and share all the resources such as files, printers periperals equipment and more.
The USB PC to PC network Brige Cable provides a quick and wast solution to network up to 17 USB computers via hot Plug & Play technology without adding any Network Interface Cards.
It is suitable for small offices, home offices, mobile users, and network gamers. With the USB PC to PC Network Bridge Cable users can play multi-player games, share files,printers, peripherals equipment and more.
Support TCP/IP, NetBEUI, IPX/SPX protocols
Full NDIS Driver Implementation
No external power needed
Complaint with USB specification version 1.1
USB full speed connection
Support Windows 98
Hot PnP for easy use <