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By quietenterprises@yahoo ·
I recently took a course for 70-210 and was reading about the ICS feature of the OS. My question is if I don't have 2 nics in the host machine can I use one nic, a hub and a DSL/Cable modem(broadband connection).

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by CptOmlly In reply to ICS

No, ICS requires two network adapters, one for LAN-side communication and another for WAN-side. This is because it needs two separate IPs (again one internal and one external) to function. With only one NIC (one MAC address) you cannot have two IP addresses. ICS is basically software routing, using the host PC to provide DHCP, DNS and NAT for the other PC's on the LAN (internal) side.

This is assuming you are connecting through a broadband solution, as you said. It would be possible to use a NIC for interal LAN and a modem to dial-up to the ISP.

IMO, you would be better off purchasing a cheap cable router with 2-4 ports (less than 50 bucks online), than purchasing another NIC to run ICS. This is because the host PC will be running many additional services to support ICS and will therefore operate slower.

Hope this clears things up.

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by wlbowers In reply to ICS

If you have a nic a hub and a dsl connection what do you want to run everything through one computer.

Put a Linksys BESFR41 between the modem and hub and go for it.


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