1 modem 2 computers, 1 LAN......can both connect at once ?

Posted on 2000-02-14
Last Modified: 2008-03-10
Is it possible to get 2 computers connected with a crosswired network cable i.e. small LAN, to connect through one modem(On one computer) at the same time. How?
Question by:dcollis
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ID: 2520191
Yes it is possible.  There are several ways.  Easiest is probably using Win98 Internet Connection Sharing.  There are several hardware configurations possible including two NIC cards and a crossover cable (fastest connection), a direct cable connection, Infrared connection, etc.


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if you don't have Win98 second edition, this feature is also available through many third party programs.  Ishare and modem share are good but I found wingate to be the best.

for info on win98se modem sharing:

personally, though it is stable once setup, I find 98se's version to be harder to setup than the others.

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Another program I have used under Win95 is HTPROXY.  It is a little tricky to configure but it works well.
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dcollis, you will nead a network card in each computer. Using a crossover cable (specially wired or available from a computer store) you can network the two computers without a hub. In addition you will need a proxy server program to access the net from the computer without the modem. There are many programs available, both free and for a cost. I use a freeware program named Vsocks Light. It is easy to set up. It is available from
In addition if you are new to networking you will need to set up the computers. Instead of going into considerable detail here, I will point you to a site which I have found extremely useful:
Work your way through the pages. In addition there is also information about setting at Vsocks, of which adds to Vsocks help pages. It is a little difficult to find, therefore here is the url:
Good luck and please ask if you need further information.

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ID: 2522237
In my company, more than 20 peoples are sharing two modems to access Internet with the help of SyGate( It has many powerful capabilities, such as built-in firewall, auto dial-up, and auto disconnection, etc.

Good lock.
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ID: 2524219
Have a look at WinProxy Lite also:

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ID: 2530679
You can do -
1. Dial up networking modem sharing in windows 98
2. wingate - can download from demo to work on one machine and see how it is - doesn't require much config at all only pointing to the dial up networking connection if you are using it only as a gateway.
3. Modem sharing software - don't know much about this one!

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1cell answered my question first, so post an answer and you will get the points. It was just want I needed, Thanks.

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here's your answer.  glad I could help.  In the future, note the "accept comment as answer" button at the top left of each post.  with that, you can accept any comment as the answer to the problem.  Again, glad I could help.


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You will need to reject the pending answer before anyone else can post one.  Also, you can accept 1cell's comment as the answer after you reject cmap's answer.


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