Share Internet, 2 PC's 2000 and XP


I have 2 PC's and one broadband connection (external modem). I want to share the connection between the computers.

One computer is on Windows 2000 Pro (PC 1) and the other is on Windows XP Pro (PC 2).

My Broadband modem is connected to PC 1 (win 2000) via USB, the computers are connected to each other via crossover cable (I haven't got a hub or router etc..).

Please can somebody tell me how to share the internet connection between the two computers.

Thanks In Advance
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Pete LongConnect With a Mentor Technical ConsultantCommented:
Sharing an Internet Connection

To share an Internet connection you have the following options.
1.      Use Windows ICS (internet connection Sharing)
2.      Use Some Proxy Software
3.      If your using Cable/DSL use a dedicated switch/router
4.      If you using Windows 2000 Server use NAT under RRAS

Since Win98SE all versions of windows have been able to use ICS. One PC has an Internet connection and shares it with other Computers (Hosts) on your network. For a full description of ICS see
To set up ICS..
For Win98
For Win ME
For Win 2K
For Win XP
To Troubleshoot ICS

To enable your PC to act as a proxy server you need to install Proxy software, then configure the clients to use a proxy server for their Internet connection.
Business users see
ISA Server
Small Office and Home users see
EZProxy (15 Days)
Proxy+ (31 Days)

If you have cable or a DSL connection this is the best (though not the cheapest route) to go down. This equipment will plug into your exiting router and do the work for you, you can also get them with built in wireless.

This is what I use (with 54g wireless)
Cheaper option (slower wireless)
Cheapest Option (No Wireless)

*****Using NAT under RRAS*****
HOW TO: Configure the NAT Service in Windows 2000;EN-US;310357
HOW TO: Configure a Windows 2000 Server as a Network Address Translation Server
mms_masterAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the quick reply, sorry i took so long to reply back but i realised that my Network Card wasn't working, I just baught a new one today and the links helped me set up a home network.

Thanks for the help
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
ThanQ :)
mms_masterAuthor Commented:
np I've asked another question about the network you can find it here:
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