- A “Host” computer that running Windows XP. This computer must have at least TWO (2) network adapters. One adapter – let’s call it “port 1” – connects to the internet and another, “port 2“, connects to a hub or directly to other computers.
- Client computer(s), which run any version of Windows. A client computer can be connected to the host computer directly by a cross-over cable or indirectly through a hub.
- This trick assumes that the host computer is connected to the internet and you are able to access the internet on this computer.
- Logon the host computer as Administrator.
- Click Start >> Control Panel.
- Click Network and Internet Connections.
- Click Network Connections.
- Right-click the connection that you use to connect to the internet (the connection with port 1). This connection can be either a high-speed internet connection or a dial-up connection.
- Click Properties.
- Click Advanced tab.
- Under Internet Connection Sharing, select the Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection check box.
- If you are sharing a dial-up Internet connection, select the Establish a dial-up connection whenever a computer on my network attempts to access the Internet check box if you want to permit your computer to automatically connect to the Internet.
- Click OK. You’ll reieve the following message:
When Internet Connection Sharing is enabled, your LAN adapter will be set to use IP address 192.168.0.1. Your computer may lose connectivity with other computers on your network. If these other computers have static IP addresses, it is a good idea to set them to obtain their IP addresses automatically. Are you sure you want to enable Internet Connection Sharing?
- Click Yes.
- Configure TCP/IP Automatic IP
- Configure Internet Connection
The steps for the above two configurations are vary on different versions of Windows.
The following procedures are for Windows XP client computers.