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Posted on Monday, January 14, 2002 - 3:09 pm:   

Can it be done w/o expensive software? I know you may think me crazy to even want to network 56k internet, but we don't have broadband access, and I want it so my family can get on the internet while I play an online game (Worms Armageddon, hardly requires any bandwidth)

My computer is running XP, the other computer is on 98. The computers are networked through a Cat5 cable, and run through a 10/100 switch which also houses our old 486. Pretty sure it'll be 200Mbps when I finaly get my computer going. Either the Win98 or my XP can dial into the internet as they both have a 56k modem, and AOL is our ISP. I've noticed AOL has a LAN option, does this mean they allow easy adaption of my idea? Thanks.

Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Monday, January 14, 2002 - 4:39 pm:   

Please correct me if I am misunderstanding the question. You want to share an internet connection ?

With AOL, that might be difficult - unless you have two seperate accounts. Each account has several screen names, but only one can be online at any given time.

Some ISPs will allow connection sharing - I use Mindspring/Earthlink. They may not encourage it, but I've always been able to. Other ISPs(AOL) won't even let a second user (from the same account) sign on.

As far as sharing the connection, Internet connection sharing is available in Win 98SE, Win ME, and Win XP. (assuming the ISP will allow it)

If it isn't installed, you'll need the OS CD -
go to control panel; Add/Remove programs and click the windows setup tab to install "Internet connection Sharing." It should be in Internet tools for WIN98. I'm not sure about XP.

Keep in mind that a 56K connection is SLOW......
- at least by todays standards, and sharing WILL decrease your speed.

Good luck
Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 - 6:18 am:   

Ahhh, I've only had 98. If I run XP and 98, would it work? We don't have 98SE. But I realise 56k is the bottom of the barrel, but at our location that is all that is avalible, and the ISP is used for low key stuff. Like e-mail, chatting, and Worms Armageddon (turn based).

I guess I'll find out if it works whenever my new CPU comes in.
Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 - 9:42 am:   

I have never set up connection sharing with XP. If it is anything like 98SE and ME, it should be possible.
Normally the connection sharing computer (XP in your case) creates a setup floppy to configure the networking options of the other computers. Try it from XP and see if it works.

Just for info - ICS was new for WIN 98 SE - previous versions didn't have it.
Jon Robson
Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2002 - 10:50 am:   

I use a USB gamer network. It cost around £30 and is made by Trust. Does the job nicely for sharing internet. Only drawback is it is 3Mbps speed, not as high as it could be.

Have a look for it
Trust USB Gamer Network

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