Windows XP Internet Connection Sharing
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) enables a Windows computer to share its Internet connection with computers on local area networks. It's been around since Windows 98 SE, and with the launch of Windows XP, it's only gotten better. Windows XP ICS has some notable advantages over the versions of ICS in Windows 98 Second Edition and Windows Me:
However, XP ICS is missing some features of those earlier versions. You can't disable the DHCP server, change the server computer's IP address, or change the range of addresses allocated by the DHCP server.
Preparing for ICSThe ICS server computer must have two network connections: one for the Internet, and one for the local area network. The Internet connection may be a dial-up (PPP or ISDN), cable modem, DSL or other broadband Ethernet connection. The LAN connection may be a wired, wireless or even a USB Ethernet connection. Before enabling ICS:
Enabling ICS on the Server ComputerYou can enable ICS either manually or by using XP's Network Setup Wizard. To use the Wizard, see the PracticallyNetworked page on Server Setup Using the Network Setup Wizard. You must use this method if you need to create a network setup disk. You can also enable ICS manually for a dial-up Internet connection or enable ICS manually for a broadband Internet connection.
Configuring ICS Client ComputersNow configure the other networked computers as ICS clients. Follow these links on PracticallyNetworked.com for computers running Windows 95 or Windows 2000 Professional. For Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Me, or Windows XP, stay with these instructions for XP Client Wizard.
This article originally appeared on PracticallyNetworked.com.
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