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Using USB port as second NIC in SBS2003

I am setting up an SBS2003 network including a BT 1800 Intelligent Gateway to connect to he outside world. The SBS2003 server has one NIC ( used for the internal network) and the BT1800 is connected to the server via a USB interface (instead of a 2nd NIC in the server). Access to the internet works fine, but I am having trouble with setting up remote access. I know there are a whole series of issues relating to VPN/Firewalls etc which I need to work through, but my question at this stage is whether it is OK to use the USB connection as effectively a 2nd network connection or must I have two actual NIC's in the server?

Thanks

Mike Cross
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
"but my question at this stage is whether it is OK to use the USB connection as effectively a 2nd network connection or must I have two actual NIC's in the server?"
No... Microsoft has disabled support for NIC via USB or PCMCIA solutions.  Best to get another internal network card.
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socrossAuthor Commented:
Thanks for speedy response. I'm back at the customer premises next week and will advise the outcome.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
cool. thank you!
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socrossAuthor Commented:
One thought, though......

If support for NIC via USB or PCMCIA solutions has been disabled, how come internet access and e-mail work OK over the USB connection from the server to the modem/router? Any thoughts ? Is it just that Remote Access via USB has been disabled , or is there more to it ?

Mike
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
"If support for NIC via USB or PCMCIA solutions has been disabled, "

should've read.... "solutions are no longer support"  though it does work....it doesn't work 100% via all hardward/software network related devices.
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socrossAuthor Commented:
OK. Thanks for clarification.

Mike
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
you're welcome
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