Yes, ICS can be made to work and it's free as part of the operating system. But it is so much easier (and more robust and stable too) to use a hardware solution rather than the software solution. A nice 4 port D-Link router can be picked up for under $30 (net after rebate, shipping included) or a non-brand name router for under $20. As it is the policy of the forum here to frown upon advertising in our responses, those are just a few ideas from a place I've done business with in the past - I have no other connection to them. There are many other online and bricks-and-mortar stores selling similar equipment. If you are patient and look around, you can push the net cost even lower with sale prices and additional rebates. With only a modest investment, you can solve your immediate problem of shared connectivity and avoid a whole raft of future headaches keeping it all running.
I've got 3 comps including this one with XP(SP 2)
'n 98SE(without any updates) on the other two.XP is connected to cable internet.So I've got 2 NIC on this machine since this is the ICS host computer.
However, I cannot share the internet
using the network setup wizard or manually
but I can share the files 'n printer.
Im using the standard patch cables with RJ45
connectors along with a switch to connect
the comps on LAN.
I've tried some online tutorials but they are somewhat different than one another and never really helped me out.
This is what I've done till now.
First of all I've renamed the two Local Area Connections in My Network Places to LAN(for local network) and WAN(for Internet)
For the NIC that is connected to the internet the TCP/IP parameters are provided by the ISP.In the General tab of WAN following things are installed:
2)Client for Microsoft Networks
3)File and Printer sharing for Microsoft Networks
Then in the Properties>Advanced tab of WAN I enabled "Allow other network users to connect thru this computers internet connection" as well as "Allow other network users to control or disable the shared
The General tab of the LAN properties also got the same 3 things installed with the IP as 192.168.0.1 'n Subnet 255.255.255.0
For the other 2 pcs I've set the IP addresses to be obtained automatically.All the pcs got the same workgroup name.