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How to Network and Share an Internet Connection With Windows 98 Second Edition
Last updated: 07/30/03


When we installed ICS on the home or host computer it made an "Internet Connection Sharing Client Disk."  We aren't going to use it. Most of the time I have tried it, it didn't work correctly.  It insists on configuring Internet Explorer to use a proxy server when there is no proxy server.  Besides, the manual configuration is quite easy to to do and you will understand it better if there are problems.

  Be sure that the ICS host computer is booted-up and connected to the Internet.

  The network was working with NetBEUI.  We are at the other computer, we have installed TCP/IP on it and removed NetBEUI.  Its Control Panel Network Configuration looks something like this.  There is no Dial-Up Adapter and ICS has not (and will not) be installed on the (client) computer.

  Double-click to open the TCP/IP Properties window. Type-in the IP address of the host computer (the other computer) running ICS (ICS assigned it as shown).  Click Add to install the address as a gateway (you must click the Add button instead of jumping to the OK button).  Click OK to exit the window.


  Open your browser (in this example we are using Internet Explorer 5.0).  Wait for minute or so while the two computers on the LAN "talk"  to each other and try refreshing your home page a few times.  If you can connect to the Internet, the client installation for IE has been completed.   If not, open the  Internet Options window as shown.


  There shouldn't be any Dial-up settings.  Do not use the Connection Wizard.  Click at the bottom of the window to open the IE LAN Settings window, below.





  It should look exactly like this: nothing checked.  If you used the ICS client floppy, the "Use a proxy server" box is probably checked.  Uncheck it.  ICS is a gateway, not a proxy server.




You can locate the proxy setting in Netscape 4.6 by clicking Edit in the main menu and select Preferences.  The settings in other ICS-supported browsers are similar to the IE 5.0 and Netscape 4.6--just different flavors for doing the same thing.  The various mail and news programs may have similar settings.

9/1/99 Reader Input.  Dave Brown writes:  

The following link describes one way to configure ICS client http://www.duxcw.com/digest/Howto/network/win98se/client.htm. This is one way of doing it, but if you use Netscape you will have trouble, because Netscape assumes a dial up connection. The way I got around this is by creating a 'dial up adapter' on the client. Your network should be as follows: *-Client for Microsoft Networks *-Dial-Up Adapter *-(your network card) @-TCP/IP -> Dial-Up Adapter @-TCP/IP -> (your network card) #-File and printer sharing for Microsoft Networks

The dial-up adapter should be bound to the TCP/IP -> Dial-Up Adapter

TCP/IP -> Dial-Up Adapter....should be set as a gateway (make sure you ADD it)

TCP/IP -> (your network card)....should also be set as a gateway to

This might not be the best way to do it, but for the novice (like me) it was quite simple and effective. I can now use Netscape and IE, which is a must if you have a web page and want to check it from both sides of the fence.

I hope this helps others, that like me, prefer Netscape but can't get it to work with ICS.

  Once you have one client working, add one PC at-a-time network, and configure and test each client as you did this one.

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