SyGate Internet Sharing
Last updated: 10/27/99
WIN 98 INSTALLATION. After writing
the last ICS article, I decided to give SyGate a try (and was prepared
to kiss-off another afternoon?).
SB2100D cable MODEM (CM) was interfaced to my computer with
5 straight-thru cable and a LINKSYS
LNE 100TX Ethernet adapter and a second Ethernet adapter, a D-Link
DFE-530TX+, interfaced the PC to the local area network (LAN)
via an Ethernet hub. The LAN was running with the servers
and static IP's as it normally does.
I downloaded the latest version of SyGate,
double-clicked the executable, entered the registration number Sybergen provided
via E-Mail, and checked "Server Mode" when It asked if the PC would
be a Server or a Client. It started it's Diagnostics program,
which automatically detects the network configuration and Internet connection,
and appropriately configures SyGate. It paused and prompted me to connect
to the Internet, which I did while it waited for me to click Continue (it
didn't abort the setup like a lot of setup programs do). After clicking
Continue, SyGate displayed one more screen of diagnostics, said it had finished
successfully, and prompted for a reboot. Done!
At the other workstation, I double-clicked
the same SyGate executable, which was residing on the NT server, and checked
the Client Mode box when prompted. SyGate did its thing in a similar
manner, found the SyGate server running on the other workstation, got it's
Internet configuration from it, and prompted for a reboot. Done
There isn't much "How to" in this
procedure. It simply worked that well and it went through the whole
process very quickly.
WINDOWS NT INSTALLATION. Feeling
a little buoyed by this experience, I uninstalled SyGate from my computer,
yanked the network card, which was servicing the cable MODEM and installed
it in the NT server, connected the cable MODEM, got the cable MODEM working
with the server, fired-up SyGate, watched it do its magic again, and installed
the SyGate client on my computer. Done! I can't remember
an installation of any significant, network-related software on an NT server
that went so well.
PERFORMANCE. After running SyGate
Diagnosis on the other workstation, we were are all up and running and running
about as good as it gets. Even with the old clunker we have for a network
server, a SyGate-managed Internet connection was surprisingly fast. I
could not tell that I was accessing the Internet via SyGate and the NT server. Browsing
seemed to be just as fast as it was when the Cable MODEM was directly attached
to my PC, even with two PCs going at it. Downloads clocked at 40 KBytes/sec.
when one PC was downloading as they did before SyGate on good day. When
both PCs were downloading simultaneously, each clocked 24-26 KBytes/sec.,
which is more than half the speed of one workstation downloading alone--maybe
someone can explain how that is possible.
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