Sharing internet connection


 I have a small home windows network without an internet connection. I've recently bought myself a usb dongle, but am un sure of the best way to share this internet connection over a lan.

 I have 3 pc's connected via a linksys router, Ideally I'd like to connect the dongle to a master pc, then plug the master into my router and plug the client pc's in to the router and share the master's connection via the usb dongle.

How feasible is this ?


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arvin2212Connect With a Mentor Commented:
You would need to setup an ad-hoc network from your master pc to the pc with the usb dongle.

If i understand correctly, you have 3 pc's and 2 of them would be connected to the router, while another one would be using a usb wifi dongle? If so, as i've suggested earlier, you would need to create an ad-hoc network from your master pc via the wireless Network Connection Wizard. If using xp (Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->Communications-->Wireless Network Setup Wizard)

Create an SSID (name it anything you want), Then choose to assign a network key either automatically or manually. I suggest choosing the automatically option first to test things out. If everything works fine, then you can revert to the manual option , which is much more secure.

Do not tick the "use WPA encription instead of WEP"
Then select Next from the bottom, and choose setup my network manually.
Once done, make sure your computer with the usb dongle could detect the network. If not, then manually keyin your SSID that you've just created. Then follow the steps provided in the link above and you should be connected.

You should be able to share the connection by following the steps below:
dbhatoaAuthor Commented:
thanks for the comments, trying it now.

 I don't need wifi connectivity, just a way of providing internet connectivity over the LAN, I've used ICS but never to distribute a connection over a LAN, only PC to PC direct without a router/hub.

I used to use dd-wrt firmware on the linksys router to piggy back off a neighbouring wifi signal, but it seems to have gone down :-(
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