There is so much wrong with trying to avoid using a network that you could spend years on this and still not have a working solution. Why not sell that thing and go get a nice under 20 buck 8GB USB memory stick to avoid that network?
I have this piece of equipment and even tho it's been discontinued, I found some information about this in the cnet.com archives. What I want to do is just easily hook up two computers (I also have the option to do this via USB cable), get them to see each other without setting up a true network, and transfer files back and forth. According to what I've read about this equipment no software installation is required nor is an operating system required.
Will this equipment do what I want or is a workgroup network setup actually going to be required? I don't want to have to buy a separate USB cable that has the correct USB normal connections at both ends since most of what I have here already only has a USB connector at one end with another type (for a printer or firewire) connection at the other end and the second computer doesn't have firewire available.