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By HereInOz ·
I should know the answer to this, but.. If we get a cable internet connection with a network modem (RJ45 connection), with a three computer network using a 6 port hub, can we put a 2nd NIC in one machine (Win2000), set up ICS on that machine and connect the 2nd NIC direct to the cable modem - ie, without a router - giving all machines an internet connection? If so, a brief outline would be wonderful.

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by quintar51 In reply to cable internet connection

I would skip on getting the second NIC and setting up ICS.

I would get the hub, plug the cable modem into the Uplink or WAN port. Then plug the rest of my machines into the 'normal' ports. Everyone then has internet connectivity.

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by HereInOz In reply to cable internet connection

Thanks Ronen. You were a great help. Thanks for the follow up e-mails too.

Cheers, Alan

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by rholliday In reply to cable internet connection

Yes you can. ICS works very reliably for my own home office. Please see http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q237254 for full details on how to implement ICS.

Additional notes:
For reliable operation, please bear in mind thatthe computer running ICS must be running.

If you are useing a DSL connection that does not have a fixed IP address and requires the use of a "Connection manager" software, the connection manager software must be installed on the computer runningICS.

If you are running a Windows 2000 domain, with Active Directory, and if you are using a domain that is not registered on the Internet, you must run your own DNS server in order for Active Directory to function properly, and you MUST set yourDNS server search order to check your own internal DNS server first, then use your external DNS addresses.

I have found on client sites that DSL that requires the use of a connection manager software to be a bit flakey. Much better results have been achieved with a Linksys router which always maintains a connection and will reconnect automatically if required. Linksys routers with built in hubs and firewalls are quite reasonable in price, with the added benifit of being very easy to use and easier to secure the firewall.

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by HereInOz In reply to cable internet connection

thanks you for your response. It is good to know that it can be done, although your answer and the one below do indicate that the "router" solution is the best way, and this is probably the way this person will go in the long term. I was looking for a solution for a fairly cash strapped client and with the help of you three, I have found it.
Cheers, Alan

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by Greybeard770 In reply to cable internet connection

Put a (NetGear less than $100) Network Address Translation router between the cable modem and your 6 port hub. Tell the router to route all undesignated port 80 traffic to the internal IP address of the web server.

Don't use ICS. Let the routerbe your point of contact to the Internet rather than leaving a computer out there.

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by HereInOz In reply to cable internet connection

Thanks Greybeard770. See the above comment for the bulk of my thoughts. No doubt the router solution os the way to go and in the end will be the outcome.

Cheers, Alan

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