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 Question by Jeremy Giles posted 30 Nov 2002
 Internet Sharing
I had been sharing my internet conenction between a desktop and a laptop for 3 weeks via a hub. The desktop has two network cardsm, with the internet conenction going directly into one of them and the laptop has one. The other day internet access on the laptop stopped, but still works on the desktop. So, i went out and purchased a cross-over cable cause i thought the hub was broken, i installed ipx/spx protocols and i can see the other computer from each of them. But when i run the home networking wizrd on the desktop to try and share the internet it says there was an error and i have to change the settings or run set it up myself. Well I tried to the best of my knowledge but to no avail. Can someone please help!!!!
 Answer by Dmitri Abaimov posted 02 Dec 2002
Dear Jeremy,

I would recommend installing TCP/IP protocol first, and then getting a device called "residential gateway" or "router/firewall" that would work both as a hub and internet-connection sharing device. This way you don't have to keep your desktop running in order to access Internet on the laptop, and your whole network setup is much more secure. Plus, this device will most likely replace your hub, giving you faster connection through a switch (usually 4-port).
These devices are pretty inexpensive these days. For example, you could buy one for $39 (rebates applied) at TigerDirect (
Click here to check out their site). I'd say this is the best solution for the money. Try to get Belkin 4 Port Cable/DSL Router. I'm using one of those devices myself and am really pleased with the features.

Good luck!

Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD

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