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Internet Sharing. Hardware or Software.

By nottooshabby ·
How about neither? One Bucky Kaufman noted on 11/1/01 "The quickest, simplest, easiest solution is usually to just go with the one you have as part of the OS", a principle I favor. I would like to share my Internet connection from the OS (WinNT 4.0Server) out of the box. Is it doable?
Most favor the hardware solution for sharing.
I think what I need is an article like Matthew Mercurio's "Routing and remote access on Windows 2000 Advanced Server" (9/6/2000). However, I need it to work withWinNT Server 4, not Win2k Advanced Server.
Another discussion pivoted around the use of 2 NICs on the same machine, lauds the use of "Sygate" to share the connection, which can also act as a DHCP server for your local network. AND this is the pointthat I would like to elaborate on.
It seems to me tha Windows NT Server 4 should allow you to share your internet connection at will. After all, you can install DHCP, DNS, WINS, and a number of other services, without the need of other software to "act" as a DHCP, DNS, or WINS.
Another discussion (11/01/2001) by qomputek asks: "should they (software makers) be allowed to put out a product today, expect you to pay full price and then leave you out in the cold when they decide they don't want to support such an old product? Is that fair? Shouldn't their be some law againts that?"
It is in this spirit that I contirbute my 2 cents. Comments appreciated

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Neither = "Software"?

by eBob In reply to Internet Sharing. Hardwar ... the sense that you can have a 1 NIC machine with a modem attached. The NIC supports your other PC. And you setup ICS on your "gateway" to use your modem (or whatever your Internet connection is).

Yes, it's cheap to setup.
Yes, it's a PITA to administer.
Yes, you need BOTH PCs running to access the Internet from 'the other' PC.
Yes, there are security problems since you have to consider protecting your network at your gateway PC.
Yes, this protection on the gateway PC gets in the way of using that PC for 'other' purposes.
No, I would never do this in a business environment.
Yes, I would argue against doing this in a personal environment for the above reasons.


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