I am trying to share my 'Net connection between two computers.
I have successfully set up a home network and can see/share file between the two.
Comp one (host) connects to the 'Net with an internal wireless card, it's able to connect without any issues using the free service my town provides but comp two cannot connect
Comp one uses a Netgear WN311B internal wireless card with an external antenna for the 'Net connection
It uses the on board Realtek RTL8139/810x family to connect to the hub
Comp two uses the onboard Nvidia Nforce 10/100/1000 adapter to connect to the hub
Both comps are XP SP3 running the Windows firewall and I have used the ICS Wizard several times with no luck
The hub is an Linksys 4 port network hub, we used it when we had cable and it's working fine for the home network. Comp one has a stable connection, I am using it right now so I would like to know if I can share the net I am using now with the other comp on my home network
The issue is probably to do with IP address -- if use ICS connected as I described ICS fixes the IP address. I'm sure you realised already that you have to turn off Firewall on both machines while making a new connection.
I'd stop using the hub and buy a router -- it's the normal solution to sharing a connection whether with Cable or DSL service.
I feel like an idiot It is a "router" not a hub, I apologize, I got my names mixed up. It's a Linksys BEFW11S4, it is a wireless "b" router but I am using it as a hard wire. The same one I used with the cable connection
So it doesn't matter that I have the network up and running? Not sure I follow. It's an internal card that connects me to the net, like an old dial-up modem
1) "So it doesn't matter that I have the network up and running?"
You turn off firewall, set up the problem connection, turn on firewall.
2) "It's an internal card that connects me to the net, like an old dial-up modem."
Not familiar with these. But sounds like you need to use ICS with an ethernet crossover cable between the computer with a card and the second computer.
The normal setup is: stand-alone cable or DSL modem --- by ethernet -- to router --- by wireless or ethernet -- to computer(s)
OR combined DSL modem/router ---by ethernet or wireless --- to computers
Thanks for the reply, haven't tried turning off the firewall, if that doesn't work, I'll try to scrounge up a crossover to replace the router
Best way to describe the card is it does the same thing a USB dongle for laptops. It connects to a hotspot (the one my town provides in this case) but it's an internal PCI card with an external antenna, the antenna is connected by about 3 foot of wire which is why I chose it, it's easier to move around to get the best signal
The problem with devices like this (including USB cellphone internet dongles and USB DSL modems) is that they are principally designed for single user. Trying to share them will tend to involve a messy solution like ICS.
In the case of USB DSL modems I have replaced them with a full DSL router.
The makers are catching on to this issue with cellphone-type-internet routers but these are still expensive.