Home Network Using XP Pro

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Jack Barrett, Nov 2, 2003.

  1. Jack Barrett

    Jack Barrett Guest

    I am looking to add a new PC to my home network and need some help with the
    following scenario:

    Home Network Now is 2 PC's using Compaq Presario that is the gateway to the
    internet. Running XP Pro/Pentium 3/512 Ram/DSL Modem

    I want to add a new PC and make it the gateway to the internet. Then add the
    Compaq to replace the older PC running Windows 98.

    How do I accomplish this by making the New PC the internet gateway and add
    the Compaq?
    Any direction would be greatly appreciated.

    Many Thanks,

    Jack Barrett
    Jack Barrett, Nov 2, 2003
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    Trent© Guest

    Do it exactly the same way you did the current machine.

    But I'd suggest spending the $20 or so and buying a router. MUCH

    Good luck.

    Have a nice week...


    Follow Joan Rivers' example --- get pre-embalmed!
    Trent©, Nov 2, 2003
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    Duane Arnold Guest

    Although one can use a vulnerable MS O/S as a gateway device as some have
    a good reason to do so, I can't think of one from a home user stand
    point, one should think about using a NAT router with or without SPI. One
    can use a MS O/S machine as a gateway, but that would involve setting the
    machine up as a Bastion Host machine.

    One cannot beat the protection that a gateway router provides for the
    network. I had a lady tell me today she was able to get a Belkin 4 port
    route with SPI on sale for $20 -- normal price $60.


    The router stops the attacks up front and they never reach the machine
    where the machine's O/S and host based FW would have to use resources to
    stop the attacks, slowing the machine down in doing other things.

    One can use a host bsed FW to backup the router and to protect on
    outbound protection from a Trojan.

    Duane :)
    Duane Arnold, Nov 2, 2003
  4. Disable Internet Connection Sharing on the old gateway computer and
    disconnect the DSL modem from it. Connect the DSL modem to the new
    PC and Enable Internet Connection Sharing on it. Reboot the other
    computers to get them connected to the new gateway.
    Best Wishes,
    Steve Winograd, MS-MVP (Windows Networking)

    Please post any reply as a follow-up message in the news group
    for everyone to see. I'm sorry, but I don't answer questions
    addressed directly to me in E-mail or news groups.

    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Program
    Steve Winograd [MVP], Nov 2, 2003
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    Dave Guest

    A GREAT router/firewall is a Linksys BEFSX41

    Dave, Nov 4, 2003
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    Duane Arnold Guest

    Duane Arnold, Nov 4, 2003
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    Night_Seer Guest

    Linksys makes excellent routers. Combine that with a software firewall,
    and you should be fully protected.
    Night_Seer, Nov 4, 2003
  8. Jack Barrett

    Duane Arnold Guest

    I didn't say that Linksys didn't make a good port forwarder NAT router.
    It just doesn't have a FW. And that's why one needs a host based FW on
    the machine to protect the machine on inbound ports that have been port
    forwarded, because a simple NAT router with or without SPI cannot protect
    on the inbound ports, like an appliance that has a true FW.

    Duane :)
    Duane Arnold, Nov 5, 2003
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    Night_Seer Guest

    Yes, I know what you were saying, that is why I suggested ALSO using a
    software firewall. Outbound calls, like something from a trojan are
    also not protected.
    Night_Seer, Nov 5, 2003
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