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George Lewis
Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2003 - 7:39 am:   

I want to share my Comcast internet connection between 2 computers. Has anyone had success with this particular ISP? How did you do it? I've read all the links on this site and have been able to get the 2 computers talking. One runs 98, the other XP. But they will not share the internet connection. Is there a software solution? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2003 - 11:00 pm:   

If comcast internet is DSL or cable a router/switch should work. Or put another NIC in the XP machine and share the connection with the XP machine being the host and assign the address of the 98 machine by DHCP.
George Lewis
Posted on Friday, August 8, 2003 - 11:18 am:   

Thanks a lot for the info E. S.! I've now tried both of your solutions. when I use the router, a d-link 704, I cannot access the router's setup utility. When I use the 2nd nic solution neither the 98 machine's ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) or the XP's connection wizard can enable sharing. The XP is unable to change the IP address and enable sharing. The 98 machine does not allow sharing either. I don't know why. I'm beginning to think there is some sort of firewall engaged. I intend to try to configure the router by other means and see if it will work and enable sharing in this environment. If not, I have no idea what to do to get this connection shared. Any other ideas?
Posted on Saturday, August 9, 2003 - 8:46 am:   

Comcast internet might not allow ICS, check with the service provider.
George Lewis
Posted on Saturday, August 9, 2003 - 11:47 pm:   

Thanks for your help E.S. I was finally able to get the router to function in this environment. It turns out that my buddy, Comcast, has some very interesting software bundled in it's "Support Package" that doesn't allow access to a router's setup area. I removed that software and the router took over as it usually does. I also copied the detailed info from WINIPCFG and entered it into the router setup via another LAN. I set the router to eternally accept new IP addresses from the ISP. When the router was reconnected to the LAN using the comcast connection the old IP address released andthe PC renewed with the LAN's IP address. I plan to reset the router to see if it will hook on without presetting the ISP's assigned IP address and default gateway, etc. Since I both preset the ISP info in the router and deleted the support agent I'm not absolutely sure presetting the ISP info was necessary. Thanx again for responding.
Posted on Sunday, August 10, 2003 - 9:43 am:   

I have DSL with some *friendly* software that also makes sharing quite unfriendly, so I chose not to install it as well. Good to hear you got it to go.

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