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Are there different between use internet sharing hardware and soft ware to sharing internet (on linux and windows)
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actuall both of the things do the same thing that is sharing internet
but the difference is the hardware is optimised for sharing the internet and u'll be facing less downtime coz its a firmware and dosent crash easily

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The hardware is stabler and more efficient than the software way.
The software way, you need a computer as a host and you also need a crossed-network cable to connect another machine to the host. if you have more than one machine to attach to the host, u also need a hub or switch to connect them. You also need to set up the host for sharing the internet connection with others.
(maybe need DNS, DHCP configuration).

If you use hardware, you just need a router (most also have the firewall function). what you need to do is configure the router's details according to the manual.
Much simpler.


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ICS is even worse when you START with a 31k connection and then divide that three ways.  Although hardware solutions still divide the connection (ask someone who has a few hundred users on a single T1) they do a better job than software.

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By the way, the 31k connection divided three ways is my internet setup.  I am out in the countryside of NC and do not have DSL available yet.  My general connect speed is 32k.

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Have you considered "people multiplexing" so everyone on-line has the full bandwidth, then switch to the next user. There is also going satellite. I have a satellite connection at 19.2 M bit using ICS. Works pretty well with Norton Anti-virus and Firewall.
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BTW the ICS machine seems to need rebooting A LOT....once a week. It did not do that til 6 months ago. I never had to hold it's hand before. I've not figured out the solution yet.  Probably a cut in bandwidth from ISP and ICS is timing out.  I've tried several of my machines from Pentium 1, 256M to Dual Penium 4, 512 M.  All use Win 2k and are using "Windows Update weekly". No difference.
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My experience with satellite internet is not good.  Actually, it is the experience of one of my customers.  They had DirecWay.  I believe it was down more than it was up.  It costs a TON, too.  They spent $700 for the dish plus installation and then $70 per month for service.
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slink9 do you have a firewall? If you don't be advised it eats cpu time like crazy. puentium 4 feels like a pentium 2

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I don't have a hardware firewall.  I use ICF.  Are you referring to the satellite internet?

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I have a Cisco card in a PCI slot. The Cisco card is 802.xx and has the sat antenna plugged into it. allso in the "server" pc is a second ethernet card. Running on this pc is Norton firewall and anti-virus. As an experiment I tried this pc without either disconnected the rest of my network. It was infected in about 5 minutes. I didn't have anything on the disk except the OS. disconnected the connection to the isp, reformatted several times, and reloaded the OS.  I wasn't sure I believed in viruses before. I did after.

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Dedicated hardware is better because it can properly use in a 24/7 scenario. Software if cheaper if you have a spare computer to do the same job, but if the computer freezes... you will lost for a time your sharing.
Well, Given the fact that you are on satellite broadband that doesn't communicate with the computer over ethernet, I would say you have no choice but to use ICS, make sure that the server is running MS Internet firewall at least, before you hook up the satellite.

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Satellite broadband can be shared with a router.  There is even a router that plugs in to a USB connected broadband.
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