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Beginners Guides: Internet Connection Sharing

Beginners Guides: Internet Connection Sharing - PCSTATS
Abstract: Internet sharing is essential if you have more than one PC in your house, and getting it to work isn't that hard once you know what steps to follow.
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External Mfg. Website: PCstats.com Apr 26 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Internet Connection Sharing

Every version of Microsoft Windows since Windows98SE has included the Internet connection sharing (ICS) feature, which will set up your internet-connected PC as a gateway, and configure the other computers in the network to use it.

Advantages of this method are that it is essentially free, and a relatively painless procedure (in 2000 and XP anyhow, 98/ME setup requires a bit of sweat and tears). The major downside of ICS is that the computer designated as a gateway must be on whenever Internet access is needed.

If that computer is off, you've got no connection elsewhere.

There are a couple of other methods of Internet sharing which we will cover very briefly. If you are lucky enough to have a DSL provider who allows you more than one IP address for your account (Bell Sympatico service for example), you can set up a work-around using only a hub to connect to your DSL modem (with crossover network cable), and your PCs (with regular straight through network cable).

If you happen to have a copy of Windows 2000 or 2003 server lying around, you can set up Network Address Translation (NAT) which is a more complicated and flexible version of ICS that incorporates firewall features, and is exactly what most cable/DSL routers use. Of course, most home users don't have copies of these rather expensive operating systems just lying around, and if you do… Tut tut.

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Contents of Article: PCstats.com
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Internet Connection Sharing
 Pg 2.  — Internet Connection Sharing
 Pg 3.  Setting up the client computers in your network
 Pg 4.  Windows 2000/98SE Client Computers
 Pg 5.  Setting up a cable/DSL home router
 Pg 6.  Configuring Router WAN Options
 Pg 7.  Configuring DHCP for Internet Sharing
 Pg 8.  Windows XP/2000 Internet sharing
 Pg 9.  Setting up ICS on Windows 98SE
 Pg 10.  Setting up ICS - Win98SE con't
 Pg 11.  Internet connection sharing - WinME

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