Can/How do I setup a router on a W2k

I am running windows 2000 server on a machine and and I want to setup a client/server network. I have 5 machines, one has win2k installed. The rest run win 98. My aim is to get the client machines access to my adsl connection with out spending money on a adsl router or modem. Is it possible for win2k to do this?
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Justin CAWS Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Internet Connection Sharing is designed to do what you're looking for.  Here are a couple articles that will explain ICS and tell you how to configure it.
Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
One thing though, MS notes this caveat regarding ICS:

IMPORTANT: You should not use this feature on a computer running DNS server or DHCP server or a Windows domain controller. When you enable ICS, the network adapter connected to the home or small office network is given a new static IP address configuration. Existing TCP/IP connections on the CS computer are lost and need to be re-established.

Had a client run into all kinds of problems on a MultiHomed Server when he attempted ICS.

Just an observation.  There could be a way around it though, and maybe other input from Experts will help.

Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Personally, in your situation, $70 for a NAT router would be worth the expense and hassle.  Would provide additional security too.

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Justin CAWS Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Fatal_Exception is correct, ICS is hardcoded to change the internal adapter's ip to, it also runs a basic DHCP server and assigns clients addresses in the 192.168.0.x range.  It's not a valid solution if you're running a network with pre-exsisting DHCP and DNS services, but mawbyk's post didn't specify that so I assumed it's just a basic peer-to-peer LAN.  If this isn't the case, let us know!

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Fatal_Exception is correct. :-) Spend the money and enjoy the no hassles. :-) Setting up a router in Windows is a nightmare.


Use a BSD OS for that if you want ease of use and you don't need a high-end PC do do the routing for you. You can use a 133Mhz with 32MB of RAM with FreeBSD. Check it out at:

It looks complicated but it really isin't hard to setup. If I can do it, Anyone can.
Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Not often I get such 'Correct' remarks.  :)

I too have used the BSD open-source router/NAT solution on a low-end machine that I had no use for.  Very neat features to this, but you have no know a little about setting it up.   My only concern when offering it to one of my clients is the 'what if' this old machine has actually reached it's 'end of days' and the processor burns or the MB goes?  lol, eh?

BTW:  Good morning to everyone and my traditional Happy Holidays.

Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Blood, guess he was running a peer to peer lan.  lol, eh?

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