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Have a netopia router with windows XP desktop as ICS computer.  Have a wireless home network with another desktop (usb wireless) and one laptop all working fine.

Added a new laptop for the family to take anywhere in the house, windows XP.

To cover dead spots I added a D-Link DWL 800+ repeater which allowed my original laptop (windows 98) to work in any room; however, the new laptop will not now work at all.  

Interestingly, if I assign a static IP addrress to my ICS box, the XP laptop will work, but then my ICS box can not connect to the internet, although the rest of the network can.  I assigned the appropriate gateway.

So with my repeater unplugged, the network works fine, albeit with limited range.  I wonder if XP or the new wireless card can be adjusted to allow function.

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why would you use ICS if you have a router?
the router should provide more than enough IP's for all computer to access the internet.

unload the ICS from all computers, and let them go right through the router.

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I was led to believe that without ICS I would have problems sharing files and printers; but I made the changes as you suggested and everything seems to work fine.

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the reason you would need ICS is if you had more computers than available IP addresses provided by your ISP.
ICS lets another computer 'borrow' data from the internet by acting as a middle man.

a router acts just like the computer running ICS.
only the router is specifically designed to split internet access just like your doing now :) and MUCH BETTER might i add.

the filesharing is completely independent, and it even uses completely different protocols (NETBIOS instead of TCP/IP)
you internet could go down and filesharing will still work fine and vice/versa


well have phun :)

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