>Posts i've read say you need NetBEUI, others say no.
Not with XP on the same network. It may fix problems with a Windows 9x-only network.
>Those that say no say you need to have TCP/IP properly configured.
My network works fine with just TCP/IP.
>Posts have said you need NWLink NetBIOS and NWLink….
MWLink is absolutely not required unless you have an application (or server) that specifically needs it.
>IPX/SPX Protocol installed.
IPX/SPX is not required unless you have game/application that requires it or you bumped into a very rare problem (http://duxcw.com/faq/network/browsenet.htm).
>GW=172.16.2.100 (Address of NAT Software)
The gateway shouldn’t have a gateway. You need two network adapters in the gateway computer unless your NAT supports doing it with one (e.g., the latest version of Sygate)—one to the Internet (however you are connected?), the other to the local network. Most NATs have a DNS proxy server built-in and the clients are set for no DNS.
You shouldn’t be logging into a domain unless you have a domain server (Windows NT Server, Windows 2000 Server, etc.). If you were to, the domain name and workgroup names have to be identical. Or is that in the TCP/IP DNS configuration (in which case, it should conform to what your ISP says it should be and does not have to = the workgroup name).
I would use the XP to share the connection (using the ICS capability of XP). Actually, I would use a router if it is a broadband connection with an Ethernet interface on the MODEM (http://duxcw.com/faq/ics/waysshare.htm). Larry