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Chapter 9. Routers and Internet Connecti... > Setting Up Windows ICS on the Host C...

Setting Up Windows ICS on the Host Computer

Internet connection sharing (ICS) is a Windows feature that comes with operating systems Windows 98SE and later. As we mentioned in Chapter 9, Windows XP initiates Internet connection sharing through the Home Networking Wizard. You can follow the steps in this section for Windows Me as well, which uses ICS in a similar way to 98SE. Windows Me has a Home Networking Wizard that can automate the process, though we'll walk through setting up ICS manually here.

Again, using a router is typically a simpler and more effective way to share Internet access in your home, and the setup won't vary by operating system. You won't tie up a machine that must be left on to share Internet access. And if the machine needs to be restarted (as after a system crash) or otherwise is turned off, everyone loses access to the Net. Not good.


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