I don't see why a retro gaming machine/VM/DOSBox would need a network connection in the first place. Any games from that era that did actually have an online component are long dead.
I didn't need it for the gaming aspect, I was looking at leaving it in the basement and then being able to run it remotely. This way I could have a remote window open and run what I wanted on that old machine while still being on my main one upstairs.
I think I will have to end up doing that. Can I emulate something as low end as a Pentium 233? I think so but not totally sure.I'd either install windows 98 onto that computer since i know for a fact it should be able to support it or do Zach's idea and just run a win 95 image in vmware on your main computer and save yourself all the hassle.