networking - sharing an internet connection ??

Posted on 2000-05-01
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Last Modified: 2013-11-29
When we right click Network Neighbourhood from the desktop, then choose Properties, then choose the Configuration Tab it shows the window with the following heading
"the following network components are installed" here is what shows up in this window

Client for Microsoft Networks
Client for Netware Networks
AOL Adapter
AOL Dial Up Adapter
Dial Up Adapter
Intel 82559 Fast Ethernet LAN on Motherboard
IPX/SPX compatible Protocol>DialUpAdapter
IPX/SPX compatible protocol>Intel82559 Fast Ethernet LAN on Motherboard
TCP/Ip > AOL Adapter
TCP/IP AOL Dial Up Adapter
Tcp/IP > Dial Up Adapter
TCP/IP > Intel 82559 Fast Ethernet LAN on motherboard
File & Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks

Do all of the above have to be listed or can some of them be removed , if they are not needed how do we go about removing them safely and properly ??

what we have been trying to do is share an internet connection, one computer has a internet connection using a modem and telephone line , and we are tying to share this internet access with another computer, both computers areindenical in every way, both have windows 98 Second Edition and both computers have identical network cards installed, we can share files and share one printer but have not been able to share the internet,

could someone please explain step by step how we go about achieving this,

we are new at this

thank you

Question by:joanb
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Expert Comment

ID: 2767902
You can safely remove most of this stuff.  Assuming these are home computers, and you are NOT using AOL, you need only the following on the computer with the modem:

Client for Microsoft Networks
Dial Up Adapter
Intel 82559 Fast Ethernet
IPX/SPX > Intel fast ethernet
TCPIP> Dial up adapter
TCPIP>Intel Fast Ethernet
File and Print sharing for Microsoft

On the other computer you need only:
Client for Microsoft Networks
Ethernet adapter
IPX/SPX> Ethernet
TCPIP > Ethernet
File and Print sharing for Microsoft

Get all this working, check that each computer can access files on the other computer, and then report back and I'll tell you how to install the Internet connection sharing.

If you are using AOL, let me know and we'll work that separately.

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bincoo earned 600 total points
ID: 2768124
Please Print this

Internet Connection Sharing
requires the use of the
TCP/IP protocol.

I also installed File-and-Printer
Sharing, shared my disk and
verified, that I could connect
from the other systems of the

In addition, this system is
configured with Dial-Up
Networking and I have verified,
that I have a valid configuration:
that I can connect from this
system to the Internet

To the basics you should have this

Client for Microsoft Networks
AOL Adapter
AOL Dial Up Adapter
Dial Up Adapter
Intel 82559 Fast Ethernet LAN on Motherboard
IPX/SPX compatible Protocol>DialUpAdapter
IPX/SPX compatible protocol>Intel82559 Fast Ethernet LAN on Motherboard
TCP/Ip > AOL Adapter
TCP/IP AOL Dial Up Adapter
Tcp/IP > Dial Up Adapter
TCP/IP > Intel 82559 Fast Ethernet LAN on motherboard
File & Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks

Now you need to insall and run internet connection sharing that comes with win98se

Go to control panel
add/remove programs
windows setup
internet tools
select internet connection sharing
click ok
click ok
you will need to insert the win98 cd
or from the preinstalled files on your computer

The Wizard starts up
to configure the system

To help you in configuring the
Client systems, the Wizard will
now create a
"Client Configuration Disk"
 I suggest to create this disk,
because it will contain some
important information for
configuring TCP/IP on the
Client PC's
 You are done !
 But as usual (when making
a modification to the network
setup), you have to restart
your system

During restarting of the system, you are getting the Network Logon screen:

For Internet Connection Sharing to work, you MUST Logon (by defining a Username and an optional password) (when you click on Cancel or just hit the ESC-key, you are NOT Logging on to the network and then ICS will NOT be operational !)

Lets verify the network configuration:

There are now a lot more entries in the
Network configuration

There is a new adapter:
"Internet Connection Sharing",
and there is a new protocol, also called
"Internet Connection Sharing".

By default, the ICS setup has defined
a binding of both TCP/IP and the
"Internet Connection Sharing Protocol"
with all network adapters.

For the new protocol "Internet Connection
Sharing", there is NOTHING to configure:
selecting "Properties" will just display a box
for Bindings with NOTHING listed.

The TCP/IP protocol with a binding
to the "Internet Connection Sharing"
adapter is defined to "obtain an
IP address automatically",
i.e. to use DHCP.

 The ICS setup made a modification to the binding
of the TCP/IP-protocol with the network card:
the IP-address has been changed to

This is the default IP-address for the Win98SE
ICS host, the ICS setup will always configure
this IP-address.

Lets also verify in the Control-Panel the
settings for the "Internet Options"
Select the tab: Connections

It defines the Dial-Up networking
connection to be used to connect to the
Internet (and the default to be used in case
of multiple available connections)
Selecting the button "Sharing"
allows to configure some ICS settings.

Here, you can disable/enable the ICS
without having to delete or re-install
the ICS network components.

I suggest to activate the display of the
ICS icon in the taskbar:
This dialog box also allows you to
configure the adapter to be use to

We use now the "Client Configuration Disk" (as created during the setup of the ICS host) :

The disk created has two files

Start (=Double-Click) on the
Client Configuration Disk the
"ICSCLSET.EXE" to run the
"Browser Connection Setup

It will NOT configure the
network, that is YOUR job
(and it is covered below
in detail)
The Wizard will check the
settings for your browser,
to use the network connection
(instead of a modem-connection)

Lets verify, what this wizard
has done by checking in the
Control-panel the settings for

Check on the tab: Connection

As the wizard told us, a
connection to the Internet is
not using anymore a modem,
but the Local network.
connect to the Internet,in my example
the Dial-Up Adapter/ Modem, but here
you could also define a cable-modem.

It is time to have a close look at the README.TXT-file on the
"Client Configuration Disk", especially the instructions for
the TCP/IP-settings
I strongly suggest to follow these instructions step-by-step !

Properties of TCP/IP-protocol:

tab: "IP-Address"

select to "Obtain an IP address automatically",
i.e. to use DHCP.

The "Internet Connection Sharing" setup on
the Windows98 SE system includes a DHCP-
server, which will assign IP-addresses.

 tab: "WINS Configuration"

select "Use DHCP for WINS Resolution"
tab: "Gateway"

make sure, that NO gateway is defined
tab: DNS Configuration

Ensure that DNS is disabled

Any change to the network configuration will require a restart of the system.
And after the restart, you should check, that you have a valid configuration:

 Click on your "Start" button,
select from the menu: "Run"
and enter "WINIPCFG", then OK

Click on the button "More Indo >>"
to display the detailed information
on your IP-configuration.

The IP-address (in this example:
was assigned to your system by the DHCP-
server on the ICS Host, which also passed
on the IP-address for the "DNS-Server"
and for the "Default Gateway", which is
by default the ICS-host.


Don't forget: when starting up your system, you need to logon to the network:

On the ICS-host, when starting up an Internet application, you will still be prompted to confirm, that you really intend to connect to the Internet, and the connection progress is display:
When now starting up on an ICS-Clients any TCP/IP-application (including the very simple PING) using an IP-address on the Internet, the ICS-host will establish the connection to the Internet (without asking for any confirmation and without displaying a connection progress window on the ICS-host), only the Dial-Up Networking icon will be displayed in the taskbar.

On the ICS-host, the ICS-icon in the taskbar can be used to verify the number of systems sharing the Internet-connection:
The ICS-host is always sharing this connection (so if 2 systems are listed to share the Internet connection, it is the ICS-host and ONE additional system via the local network).


When I installed ICS, it worked the first time without any problem.


Author Comment

ID: 2768654
Kayton :  these are home computers and yes we are using AOL.

we have been sharing files and the one printer successfully so far.

could you possibly add any more advice ?

thanks Joan.

Expert Comment

ID: 2769734
Which version of AOL?  I assume 5.  You will also need AOL adapter and TCPIP>AOL in addition to the above.  Delete the unnecessary stuff and verify that everything still works BEFORE messing with Internet Connection Sharing (ICS).  If you have problems with the AOL connection (who doesn't?) then delete the AOL adapter, TCPIP>AOL, reboot and reinstall the AOL 5 software.  This will not mess up your address book but will fix the AOL network issues.  

Report back with progress as you go along and good luck

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