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Networking 2 XP machines sharing a ADSL broadband

My client has a XP machine, NIC card installed linking to a ADSL modem. There is a static IP address on this connection.

They have just purchased a Fujitsu tablet pc with XP tablet edition installed.

As they wanted to share the existing ADSL connection and also share files so that they can easily take the tablet on jobs, I set up a netgear switch FS105, installed a second NIC into the existing XP box, turned on ICS and ran the network setup wizard. All seems to be fine on that machine.

I patched in the tablet through its docking station and ran network setup wizard. The first time it had an error (unkown) andstated that it could not perform the tasks. The wizard failed.

Second time it worked fine. I am able to use the Internet and email (so the IP address was obtained dymanically from the main XP box with ICS), but when I try to acces the network the tablet states "Network JAKSAN can not be found. Make sure you have proper proviledges...etc" (JAKSAN is the name of the workgroup I created. The main box enters the workgroup without a problem, but the tablet is not listed, only itself.

Using ipconfig the IP address, subnet mask of the tablet seem OK. but the dns states mshome.net.

Also the tablet automatically sets up a 'network bridge' in the network connections section. The tablet has a wifi, infrared and lan connection, plus the internet gateway from the ICS adn now a 'bridge'. Everytime I delete the bridge it automatically re-appears. Is the bridge supposed to be there?

I have performed this install at least 20-25 times never with an issue!

Thanks for you help in advance.
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It would be much easier to set up a firewall device between the dsl router and the network.  The firewall device can also serve out all the DHCP stuff so you dont have to make a full PC do it.  Less electricity, less time, easier all around.  And they are cheap, under $100.  Wouldnt it be easier to do this and even add in wireless capabilities if you wanted too?

broggaAuthor Commented:
Your comments would be correct if we were starting from scratch. However, since the client already had an established dsl modem (not router), a simple 5 port switch and turning on ICS is much more cost effective and quicker solution than reconfiguring a dsl router - since you still need a switch. I understand wireless is a great technology, but the PC's are literally only 1 meter apart and wireless is 4 times more expensive but 1/2 the speed of 100Mbps.

Anyway, I worked it out...it was a softwall firewall they had downloaded from a download site which did not register in the programs list, causing all of the issues.

Thanks for your help.
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