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Dip Sep-24-01 01:22 AM
hi there! ive got some questions re: win98. I have 2
pcs. one has a modem which i use to connect to the internet. the other pc
however has no modem installed. both pcs are connected via network--> peer
to peer. is it possible to share an internet connection? also.. my internet
connection requires a proxy setting and a firewall. i connect to my school .
i tried to configure the other pc to share an internet connection... but it
fails. is there a way on how i can connect and share via peer to peer? also, when transferring files from pc to another...it usually takes second before it starts copying but in the process it fails to transfer.. there is a msg like.. device cannot copy .. something like that. pls
let me know what else i can do.
any help will be appreciated.

Many thanks

1. RE: sharing files
lbyard Sep-24-01 03:50 PM
In response to message 0
>is it possible to share an internet connection?

Not with just Win 98. Win 98 Second Edition, ME, and 2000 Pro have the capability. A router is better.

>my internet connection requires a proxy setting and a firewall.

Please elaborate. E.g., Is there any network related stuff in the c:\autoexecute.bat file on the computer that connect to the Internet?

How are the PCs networked together? Larry

Q. What are the ways to share a broadband (cable or DSL MODEM) Internet connection?

A. There are few ways to do it. One is to purchase another IP address from your service provider. Most service providers charge a monthly fee for additional IPs. The best way is to purchase a broadband router such as the SMC Barricade (http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Network/smc/smc7004br/smc7004br.htm). That is what I use. They cost about $100.

The Barricade has serial port for an external dial-up MODEM and a printer port and printer server. A printer can be connected to the Barricade and shared by computers on the local network. Not all printers will work with it. Many routers do not accommodate an Internet connection via an external dial-up MODEM and do not have printer port and server.

The Barricade can be connected to an Ethernet hub or switch hub can to expand the network and Internet sharing to more than the four PCs directly supported by the router.

There are also single port routers on the market, routers that do not include an Ethernet switch or hub (http://duxcw.com/faq/network/hubsw.htm). I will review one shortly.

Another way to do it is with a software solution. There are two flavors: a proxy server and a NAT (Network Address Translator). I have found that a NAT works best for a small network. Windows 98 Second Edition (SE) and Millennium (Me) include ICS (Internet Connection Sharing; http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/network/win98se/intro.htm and http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/network/win98se_cab/intro.htm). It works OK for basic browsing and E-Mail functions, but has problems with some network games and conferencing programs, etc. It requires two network adapters in the PC connected to the Internet, one to the MODEM and the other to another PC via a crossover cable (http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/network/cable/cable1.htm) or to a hub with a straight-thru cable as you have now. You would have to buy another adapter and cable.

Of the software I have tested, I have found that SyGate (http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Network/sygate/sygate.htm) is the best NAT (it can also function as a proxy). The version of SyGate I reviewed requires two network adapters like Win 98 SE/Me ICS. The newest version is advertised to work with one network adapter in the host computer (the one running the NAT).

With a software solution you must have the host computer on for the other computer(s) (clients) to use the Internet. Most routers are small boxes running a specialized server that performs both NAT and firewall functions. With a router, only the router has to be on. The router is also easier to install, is generally faster, and has fewer problems.

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