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Internet Connection Sharing

By Herndon ·
I have 3 computers on a home network with the main one running Win2K and the other 2 running Win98SE. How do I set up Internet Connection Sharing?

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by Oz_Media In reply to Internet Connection Shari ...

Just buy a basic router or wireless access point and it will allow Interney Connection Sharing while incorporating basic router features like a firewall or Port Address TRanslation to help protect your identity.

Here's a couple of common household routers.
You can find them in ANY computer store or electronics retailer.


Most are very easy to configure and you'll be all set in about a half hour.

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by Herndon In reply to Internet Connection Shari ...

I'm using a Linksys 10/100 5 Port Workgroup Switch, Model EZXS55W, Version 2.0. ICS still doesn't work using Windows 2000 Professional. It worked just fine when my main computer was a Windows 98 SE machine. Wazupwidat?

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by freetech In reply to Internet Connection Shari ...

while the preferred method is to buy a router, win2k and win98SE both are capable of sharing an internet connection. probably your best bet is to have your win2k serve as the ICS server. the way i figured out how was simply to go to Start->Help->Search tab and type in "internet connection sharing".
some helpful notes before you start:
you'll need 2(two) network connections (usually two network cards) and one will be designated as the ICS connection.
you'll need to configure the win98 machines for automatic IP address assignment.
if you have firewalls on any machines, they'll have to be re-configured to allow the ICS connections.
hope this helps,

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by freetech In reply to

this link may prove helpful if the windows help seems a little dense:

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by TheChas In reply to Internet Connection Shari ...

A shot in the dark, but something you need to check.

Are ALL 3 computers using the same work-group name?

Also, the W2K PC likely has a different name than your previous ICS host.
It's very possible that the PCs are looking for a different PC with the old name.

Check out the networking tutorials at


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by vincent_angeles80 In reply to Internet Connection Shari ...

try using dhcp.

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