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How do I share my USB broadband connection?

By AllorNone ·
I connect to the internet on my desktop through my Verizon Novatel 720 USB Wireless Broadband Modem. It works just like a dial up modem except at broadband like speed. The drivers for the modem appear in device manager under the modem category (Novatel Wireless Expedite EV-DO Modem). I can connect to the internet through the VZAccess manager software that came with the 720 USB modem or I can set it up to connect as a regular Dial up connection. I would like to share this connection with the other computer on my home network. For my home network I use the Trendnet 54Mbps 802.11g Wireless Firewall Router (TEW-432BRP) and some of my computer are connected wired and wirelessly. I can share files with other computer on my home network but how can I share my USB broadband connection?

Home network set up

? Desktop running Windows Vista Home premium, internet connection through 720 USB modem, Network (LAN) wired to the Trendnet Wireless Router.

? Laptop running Windows Vista Home premium, Network (LAN) wirelessly connected to the Trendnet Wireless Router.

? Desktop running Windows XP Pro, Network (LAN) wired to the Trendnet Wireless Router.

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You would need to setup

by cmiller5400 In reply to How do I share my USB bro ...

You would need to setup Internet Connection Sharing on the pc the modem is attached to. I did a quick search and this is a cellular modem correct?

http://www.e-articles.info/e/a/title/Sharing-an-Internet-Connection-in-Windows-Vista/

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Correct

by AllorNone In reply to You would need to setup

Yes, it's almost like a PCMCIA card for the laptop but it connects to your USB port. You can't use it to make a call but it has a cell number, it can be used for mobile broadband only. It's the only way I can get high speed internet in my area other wise I'm back to connecting at 24k and that?s not a typo. And I don't want to have to keep moving it from computer to computer.

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Does it require a dial up connection?

by Mayhem1969 In reply to Correct

Do you have to dial up to connect and then access broadband through the card? If so, ICS allows you to set up your connection as if it is a dial up. When you use internet or mail on the client computer, windows should dial out on the gateway computer. The gateway computer must be on though.

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Not an option

by AllorNone In reply to Does it require a dial up ...

I can connect using the VZAccess manager software that came with the 720 USB modem or I can set it up to connect as a regular Dial up connection. With the VZAccess manager software (from Verizon) sharing is not an option.

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Setup ICS

by cmiller5400 In reply to Not an option

Setup ICS on the machine that has the modem installed on it. Then "dial" into the web. Set up the other pc's to use that machine to connect to the internet. It should work unless VZAccess is programmed to not allow ICS to run.

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Prevent ICS from working

by AllorNone In reply to Setup ICS

I have Symantec Internet Security 2006 on my desktop with the modem and Microsoft Windows Live OneCare on my laptop and Symantec Internet Security 2005 on my Windows XP desktop. Will any one of these programs stop ICS from working? Or will my Trendnet 54Mbps 802.11g Wireless Firewall Router (TEW-432BRP) prevent ICS from working?

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ICS

by Mayhem1969 In reply to Prevent ICS from working

Set up your host computer for ICS using dial up option. It will ask you how your connect, etc. Just use your current connection as the way you connect to internet. Then set up ICS on the client computer to access host computer.

I have done this through a hardwire connection, but can't imagine that a wireless connection is any different. If you can access the host computer now without problems from these programs, this should not change anything or prevent it from working.

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