NetBEUI ("net buoy"), or
NetBIOS Extended User Interface, is a fast, efficient protocol used primarily
in smaller LANs. This is one of the easiest protocols to install
and configure and the one we will use to initially set-up and test the
TCP/IP or Transmission Control
Protocol/Internet Protocol are the protocols used on the Internet. We
must install this protocol on the LAN and for the dial-up adapter for ICS
to work. It is a more complex protocol than NetBEUI and is harder
to install and troubleshoot.
ICS or Internet Connection Sharing
is called a protocol by the Microsoft literature and in a general sense
it is. But in the larger sense ICS is a collection of software which
turns a computer into a LAN to WAN TCP/IP gateway and integrates the other
components of the network at the gateway computer. ICS is composed
of the ICS adapter and ICS protocol.
IPX/SPX is the protocol used on Novell networks. You may
need it for some programs, most notably, in the case of a 2-PC network,
to run some multi-PC games. If you need this protocol, wait until
you have completely installed and tested ICS before installing it.