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Win 95 "Gateway" to the Internet

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My office uses Win95 for all workstations.  We connect through a firewall to the Internet.  I just bought a Win98 laptop, which I would like to connect, through my workstation, to the Internet while I am at work.

Can I do this with 2 NICs in the Win95 computer?  There was a similar, earlier discussion on this topic where the "host" connected via cable modem.

My problem is a little different.  My workstation connects through one NIC to a company LAN.  What software/hardware configurations do I need to accomplish my objectives.  CAN I accomplish my objectives?

Please note that upgrading to Win98 on the "host" is not an option.  I don't get to make those decisions.
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paulof earned 100 total points
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Steveprx,

I can think of 3 ways:

1) Get a 5 port hub and run both your Laptop and your Desktop from that. However you or your LAN guy will have to setup the Laptop as an additional system on the network basically it will look like another desktop to everyone else.

required eq:
- 5 port hub
- 2 patch cables (straight thru)
- NIC for for the Laptop

2) Is there an additional RJ45 connector near your desk that you can plug the laptop into directly? Then it will look like just another pc on the net.

required eq:
- 1 patch cable (straight thru)
- NIC for for the Laptop


3) This requires more work Install a second NIC in your desktop. Install a NIC on your Laptop and you will need some sort of software to act as a host. Something like Winroute.

required eq:
- 1 patch cable (cross over)
- NIC for for the Laptop
- NIC for the desktop
- Software

I am sure that there are other ways but this should help.

/PauloF
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by:bchew
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You could install Wingate (or another Internet Sharing program) on your "host" and your laptop.  That is probably against your companies policy, however.  I suggest if you have a legitimate reason to use your laptop on the internet at work you request an additional network drop in your office for that purpose and have your administrator help you set it up.

Bert
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by:steveprx
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paulof,

Your solution (#3) worked great... except that I had trouble getting WinRoute to work properly (probably my own fault, but I got tired of messing with it), so I opted for WinGate, whic hworks wonderfully.  Thanks for the assistance.
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