How can i share a broadband internet connection

  nath321 21:04 28 Jul 05
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I am a complete novice and i hav 2 new dell computers both running XP home service pack 2.
Can anyone help me / give me some advice on how i can share a broadband internet connection between both of my computers.

  Strawballs 23:46 28 Jul 05

If you have a cable ISP that is connected via Lan you will need a Router (whether it be wired or wireless) with a lan connection or if your connection is via phone line and modem you will need a router/modem combined.
As they are new Dell computers they almost certanly have onboard lan for wired connection, if you wish to use wireless they will need wireless PCI card for at least 1 of them.

  mgmcc 13:20 29 Jul 05

To create a wired network for Internet access and File/Printer sharing, you have essentially two options:


1) Install a Network Adapter in each PC (if not already installed) and connect them directly with a *crossover* CAT5 ethernet cable. “Internet Connection Sharing” is then enabled on the actual Internet connection in the “host” PC and the “client” PC will have Internet access provided the “host” is running and online. To enable “Internet Connection Sharing” in XP, right click the internet connection, select Properties, then the Advanced tab. Tick the box "Allow other network users...etc".

2) The preferred option for connecting more than computer is to use a broadband Router and, with ADSL, this should be a combined “Router/ADSL Modem”. All networked computers connect directly to the router with ‘straight-wired’ CAT5 ethernet cables.

With “Internet Connection Sharing” under option (1), when you enable this on the Internet connection in the “host” PC, it automatically configures the Local Area Connection with the IP address 192.168.0.1 and subnet mask 255.255.255.0. If you run the Zone Alarm firewall in your “host” PC, the Internet Zone Security level must be reduced from High to Medium or “ICS” traffic will be blocked. The “client” PC’s Local Area Connection should be set to get its IP address automatically, which it does by DHCP from the “host”.

With a router, as in option (2), it is the router which connects directly to the ISP and not one of the connected PCs. The router in turn allocates the IP addresses to the PCs, using one of the address ranges reserved for Local Area Networks, usually 192.168.xxx.xxx

Either of these options will additionally allow you to run File and/or Printer Sharing across the network.

If you are running software firewalls, the IP addresses of the networked PCs must be put into its "trusted" area to allow them to communicate with one another.

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