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Internet Sharing, Using a Hub
BigJim Nov-20-01 06:14 PM
I have purchased a D-Link hub, and want to share one internet connection between two computers. One computer running Win98 and the other Win2000pro. The win2000 machine is using NTFS, and win98 is FAT32. Will the machines be able to read files from eachother? What extra software will I need? I'm kind of new to networking but experienced with computers, so maybe someone could post step by step instructions. Much appreciated! Thank you.

1. RE: Internet Sharing, Using a Hub
lbyard Nov-20-01 08:05 PM
In response to message 0
>The win2000 machine is using NTFS, and win98 is FAT32. Will the machines be able to read files from each other?

Yes

>I have purchased a D-Link hub.

If you have cable MDOEM or DSL access and the MODEM has an Etheernet interface, See if you can take it back and get a router. See http://duxcw.com/faq/ics/waysshare.htm and http://duxcw.com/faq/ics/diffrout.htm for reasons and differences.

>What extra software will I need?

Windows 2000 Pro has Internet connection sharing software built-in. If you have dial-up access to the Internet, use it to share the dial-up with the other computers.

Search this forum. Someone has done that. Larry


2. RE: Internet Sharing, Using a Hub
BigJim Nov-20-01 10:01 PM
In response to message 1
Thank you for the response. Is it even possible to use the hub for internet connection sharing? It's all I have and it's used so I can't take it back. Thanks.

4. RE: Internet Sharing, Using a Hub
lbyard Nov-21-01 07:31 PM
In response to message 2
How are you connecting to the Internet? Dial-up? Larry

5. RE: Internet Sharing, Using a Hub
BigJim Nov-21-01 09:18 PM
In response to message 4
I have a DSL line through bell sympatico. I was told by someone that I would have to contact them and they would give me a second IP address for my second computer. So I did and they told me that they use static IP addressing. I'm not too sure where to go from here. thanks.

6. RE: Internet Sharing, Using a Hub
lbyard Nov-22-01 05:04 PM
In response to message 5
Does the DSL MODEM have a USB or Ethernet interface, or both? Larry

7. RE: Internet Sharing, Using a Hub
BigJim Nov-23-01 05:47 AM
In response to message 6
Ethernet.

10. RE: Internet Sharing, Using a Hub
lbyard Nov-23-01 08:29 PM
In response to message 7
The choices are from the best to the worse:

1. Buy a combination router/switch to replace the hub and share the Internet. Better becaue it is th only thing that has to be on besides the computers using it to access the Internet.

2. Buy just a router and a cable to share the Internet and plug it into the MODEM and into the uplink port on the hub. A little cheaper, but two things have to stay on and the system is more complex.

3. Buy second network adapter for the 2K computer and use Windows 2K ICS to share the Internet (better because it costs less than SyGate).

4. Buy a third party piece of software, such as the latest version of SyGate (http://sybergen.com/, which only needs one network adapter (I have not tried that version of the software).

5. Use free software to share the Internet with one adapter, if you can find it. You usually get what you pay for.

6. Pay a monthly fee to your ISP for two static IP addresses.

I would buy the router/switch, and I do not have much money. It is well worth the money (about $100). You do have to have a computer on all of the time to share the Internet.
Larry


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