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Windows XP Internet Connection Sharing


WinXP LogoInternet
Connection Sharing (ICS) enables a Windows computer to share its
Internet connection with computers on local area networks. It’s
been around since Windows 98 SE, and with the launch of Windows
XP, it’s only gotten better.

Windows XP ICS has some notable advantages over the versions of
ICS in Windows 98 Second Edition and Windows Me:

  • It’s easier
    to set up
    . There’s no software to install, and it doesn’t
    add any network components or protocols.
  • It’s much
    more reliable and much less likely to cause network problems.
  • You can create
    a Network Bridge connecting
    two or more local area networks and share the Internet connection
    with the computers on all of them. This is especially useful if
    your XP computer is connected to both a wired and wireless network.
  • ICS
    client computers can use XP’s
    Internet Gateway
    to monitor and control
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Internet sharing – ArchWiki

This article explains how to share the internet connection from one machine to other(s).

Requirements

The machine acting as server should have an additional network device. That network device requires a functional data link layer to the machine(s) that are going to receive internet access:

  • To be able to share internet to several machines a switch can provide the data link.
  • A wireless device can share access to several machines as well, see Software access point first for this case.
  • If you are sharing to only one machine, a crossover cable is sufficient. In case one of the two computers’ ethernet cards has MDI-X capability, a crossover cable is not necessary and a regular ethernet cable can be used. Executing ethtool interface | grep MDI as root helps to figure it.

Configuration

This section assumes that the network device connected to the client computer(s) is named net0 and the network

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