use a computer as a router

February 16, 2009 at 11:14:43
Specs: Windows XP
Hi. I have bought (accidentally)a switch instead of a router. I would like to connect to computers to a broadband connection using the switch and one of the computers as a router. Is that possible? Please tell me how if it is.
Thank you.

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#1
February 16, 2009 at 11:56:59
What you're looking for is called ICS (Internet Connection Sharing).

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306126

However, it would be much better to return the switch and buy a router.


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#2
February 16, 2009 at 12:35:03
I'd return the switch and buy a router.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#3
February 16, 2009 at 13:58:46
There are plenty of Linux/BSD based routers just for that use. Many are very high quality and quite impressive.
Some are embedded floppy based for very small footprints a to larger live cd based.

http://www.untangle.com/ may be a very good start. Many others too would work. See also the list of projects at VMware's virtual machines.

An easy way would be to get a good SOHO router an learn how to set it up to protect your system. Most people do not protect their system with the features they bought.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#4
February 17, 2009 at 10:34:51
I have tried to return the switch a few hours after I bought it(when i have realized what I have acquired) but they have found an excuse and told me it is not possible. So now I have a brand new switch and I thought that maybe I can use it somehow. The host computer has just one network adapter and runs on windows xp, and the client computer is a laptop with one network adapter and runs on windows vista. My question is if I can use all of the items above to have internet on both computers using the same broadband connection (same password and id). I know a router would be better but I wouldn't want to throw away the new switch. Mainly because i have just bought it :D.

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#5
February 17, 2009 at 11:55:52
Then go back to the store and tell them you want to return it.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#6
February 17, 2009 at 12:03:26
If your broadband modem connects directly to your Host machine via it's only available network adaptor then there is no way to share internet with the other machine with only the hardware you have. You would have to instal a second NIC in the host in order to network with the client machine, and in your case you would not even need the switch, just a crossover cable to connect from Host NIC2 to Client. If you are going to have to buy additional hardware anyway to achieve your aim then you might as well just shell out for a router and sell the switch for whatever you can get. And don't buy from the same place you got the switch since they don't seem to have much concept of customer service or the value of repeat business.

If your broadband modem has the option of a USB connection then use that and you can then connect the two systems NICs using a crossover cable. In any event the switch you have is essentially useless.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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