Looking for a replacement for Windows Internet Connection Sharing
Posted on 2009-04-04
I have a small home network consisting of 2 laptops and 2 PCs. We share one Internet connection via a CDMA modem (we're in a very rural area, and this is the only highspeed available unless I fork out $$$$ for satellite internet).
This modem configured itself. I do not know the connection password. It's own connection software manages it 'dialing' out and connection.
I can get ICS to work, and share the connection, but cannot get it to auto-connect on boot or save its settings because it demands the password that I do not know and my provider apparently doesn't know either (I asked, they said it's auto generated onboard the device and they don't have a record of it).
So I'm stuck having to leap to the computer each time the connection is lost to restart ICS, or walking someone through it if it goes down during the day when I'm at work.
1. Does anyone know a way around this behaviour of Windows ICS?
2. Or better yet, does anyone know of a product that REPLACES Windows ICS?
3. I'm also looking for something that can monitor the internet usage of all the PCs in my house...I don't care where they go or what they do, but I want to know how much they down/upload so I can track our usage.
Thank you, a priori.