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Run ICS from Multiplte Computers

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[A] - Primary Workstation (XP Pro), 192.168.0.1, Dial Up Connection:ICS Enabled.
[B] - Local Web Server (2K Pro)
[C] - Secondary Workstation (98SE)
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[A][B][C]
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{Internet}

This Works just fine, except I want to add a dial up connection from [B]. The connections wont both be active at the same time, but I'd like both to be shared.

IE: If [A] is connected, both [B] and [C] can access the internet, but is [B] is connected instead, [A] and [C] can access the internet through that instead.

I know this isn't the most efficient method, I'd like to set up [B] to be  a 'proper' server for my home network and have it assign my IP's and do all the DNS work and handle my internet connection and firewall etc... however I don't want to have to rely on [B] to be on all the time.

So basically, my question is, is there a way to get ICS to work on two seperate machines on the network?

Thanks
-Scott
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>So basically, my question is, is there a way to get ICS to work on two seperate machines on the network?
No, first by default when you enable ICS it makes the LAN adapter 192.168.0.1
if you do this on more than one box, you have an ip conflict
second the clients need to know what the gateway is, so even if you were to use third party solutions, you would have to reconfigure the clients each time it changes
best solution would be a router. d-link made one with a com port on it so you could connect an external modem (the d-link 704) but I heard they took the com port off the new ones :~(
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bugger... well I thought that might be the case...
I tried setting up ICS on [B] then changing it's IP to 192.254.0.2, but then the entire network through a hissy fit. (No one could see each other, even with [B] turned off, couldn't even ping)
I always liked the idea of a router, but don't know much about them... oh well it gives me something more to research.
In the meantime I think I'll just have to move the connection to [B] and leave it on... It's annoying, but untill I can afford a router, it's likely to be my best solution. (I've got other things to worry about right now... like my CPU idling at 46C degrees... *shudder* Must... have... cooling... damn... Australian... Summers...

Thanks anyway :P
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