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XP Internet Sharing

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by AvsFan, Jan 5, 2003.

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  1. AvsFan

    AvsFan Thread Starter

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    I am wanting to share the internet connection between a 2 pc's. I have tried following the wizard for setup on both the host and client, both running XP, but have been unsuccessful. I have nic's in both machines and have a hub in use.

    Any help would be much appreciated.
     
  2. hw45

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    Did you run the wizard on both machines? Did you use the exactly same identification (example MSHOME)?
    Your hardware is installed properly (look in device manager for ethernet cards)?
    File and printer sharing is on?
     
  3. AvsFan

    AvsFan Thread Starter

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    Both machines have a nic card and the set up is using the same workgroup name. The way I have the hub wired is as follows: The host computer is plugged into the "uplink" slot and the 2nd pc is plugged into the #2 slot. Currently when booting up there is no required password to access the network. Is this the problem or is XP different (newbie to XP).

    Have run the setup wizard on both machines with the host as the primary connection to the internet and the client as sharing the internet connection.

    Any help is much appreciated.
     
  4. hw45

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    Better would be 2 nic cards on your computer with the internet connection. Or you use a router instead of the hub or switch. Because the way you use the connection sharing is not secure at all!
    That means with one nic card you connect to the internet and with the second one to the hub.
     
  5. Dan O

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    I assume you want to share a dial-up connection.

    Have your tried XP Help, here's what listed:

    To enable Internet Connection Sharing on a network connection
    Open Network Connections.

    Click the dial-up, local area network, PPPoE, or VPN connection you want to share, and then, under Network Tasks, click Change settings of this connection.

    On the Advanced tab, select the Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection check box.
    If you want this connection to dial automatically when another computer on your home or small office network attempts to access external resources, select the Establish a dial-up connection whenever a computer on my network attempts to access the Internet check box.

    If you want other network users to enable or disable the shared Internet connection, select the Allow other network users to control or disable the shared Internet connection check box.
    Under Internet Connection Sharing, in Home networking connection, select any adapter that connects the computer sharing its Internet connection to the other computers on your network.

    Important
    You should not use this feature in a network with other domain controllers, DNS servers, gateways, DHCP servers, or systems configured for static IP.

    When you enable Internet Connection Sharing, the network adapter connected to the home or small office network is given a new static IP address configuration. Existing TCP/IP connections on the Internet Connection Sharing computer are lost and need to be reestablished. For example, if Internet Explorer is connecting to a Web site when Internet Connection Sharing is enabled, refresh the browser to reestablish the connection.

    To use the Internet Connection Sharing feature, users on your home or small office network should configure TCP/IP on their local area connection to obtain an IP address automatically. Home or small office network users must also configure Internet options for Internet Connection Sharing.

    Notes
    To open Network Connections, click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections.

    You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.
    Internet Connection Sharing and Internet Connection Firewall cannot be enabled on incoming connections.
    For information about the protocols, services, interfaces, and routes that are automatically configured, click Related Topics.

    To enable Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) Discovery and Control on Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Millennium Edition computers, run the Network Setup Wizard from the CD or floppy disk on these computers. For more information about the Network Setup Wizard, click Related Topics.

    For ICS Discovery and Control to work on Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Millennium Edition computers, Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later must be installed.
    The Home networking connection is only present when two or more network adapters are installed on the computer.
    Internet Connection Sharing, Internet Connection Firewall, Discovery and Control, and Network Bridge are not available on Windows XP 64-Bit Edition.
     
  6. JohnWill

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    I think one of the basic issues is that you've plugged one of the NIC's into the uplink port, unless you have autosensing NIC's, you don't have a connection between the computers! Try moving the connection to a normal port on the hub, I think you'll make some progress after that...
     
  7. AvsFan

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    Thanks. I changed the cable from the host to a numbered port on the hub and received some activity from the client machine (firewall prompted for some action, saying someone was trying to access the computer from a ap address that I assigned to the client pc). After creating a rule to accept incoming activity from this IP address, I can still not view get out on the internet (view any web sites).

    Making progress, any clues as to what more I need to do?

    Thanks.
     
  8. JohnWill

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    I think you're making progress. :) I'd disable the firewall until you get them talking, then you can get it back into the mix.
     
  9. AvsFan

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    I turned off Norton's Firewall and I was able to get my client pc to see the internet, so that worked.

    How good is the XP Firewall and do I need Norton's Firewall?

    Still unresolved is to connect a 3rd pc, a Win98 client to the shared pc's. Tried it briefly and it doesn't work. Is there something special that I need to do to a Win98 vs XP machine to enable the ICS?

    Thanks for the great help so far!
     
  10. JohnWill

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    I honestly can't say how good the XP firewall is, I've never used it. I have a hardware router/firewall, and I run AV and spyware detection software, but I don't use any software firewall.

    Here's a site that might help in your quest to get the W98 machine working: Setting up Internet Connection Sharing
     
  11. hw45

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    Try that and it tells you if you need a firewall, shows you all your open ports.
     
  12. Dan O

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