How to Network and Share
an Internet Connection With Windows 98 Second Edition
Last updated: 10/6/99
ICS will not work with a one-way Internet connection device,
such as a one-way cable MODEM, which receives data from the Internet and
uses a dial-up MODEM to send data (packets) to the Internet. And that
is exactly what I had in my computer. In fact a one-way Surfboard cable
MODEM will not work at all with ICS installed. It locks-up the computer
when initializing. For this article, I removed the Surfboard MODEM
and used a pure dial-up connection.
10/6/99 An external one-way cable MODEM which incorporates
the dial-MODEM, and connectes to a network adapter in the computer, such
as the Surfboard SB2100D, should work with ICS. See How
to Share a Cable MODEM With Windows 98 Second Edition.
ICS uses the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
to dynamically assign temporary (leased for a period of time) IP addresses
to all of the computers on the network and a gateway with static IP address
of 192.168.01, which, coincidently, was the same as the static IP I
had assigned to my NT server. After struggling for longer than I wish
to admit, I had to remove everything in my network configuration, pull the
cable modem, and reinstall all network components to get ICS working. I
then ran into the proxy problem on the client...
I don't particularly like DHCP for small networks. If the
ICS host is down there is no DHCP. I prefer to keep it simple by using
static IP addresses and host tables. ICS can be configured to use static
IP's and the IP of the host can be changed. I did exactly that and
got the host working with it's old static IP of 192.268.0.10 and the client
working with 192.168.0.11. I then brought my server back up and logged
onto our Windows NT domain. ICS does work in this environment. I
plan write an article shortly (don't hold your breath) on running TCP/IP
on a small network with static IP addresses and host tables.
I'll bet I could access and use ICS running on my PC with
the IE installed my NT server, but my old eyes have had it, supper is waiting,
and I'm out-of-time for this article.
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