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Once you've chosen your Sharing method and installed it, you'll need to configure your Client computers to work with your chosen Sharing software or hardware.

Proxy-based Sharing
If you're sharing via Proxy like Wingate 2.1X or 3.X's proxy service, you'll need to configure your client applications to use the proxy server to connect to the Internet.  Instructions for configuring your Web browser can be found here.  

If you want to do online gaming or use ICQ or other messaging applications, you'll need to install and configure additional proxy services.  Consult your Sharing application's Help section to do this or check this page for information on setting up mail, AOL or ICQ.  The Troubleshooting page also has help for Wingate and other Proxy server setup problems.

NAT-based Sharing
If you chose a NAT based method like Sygate, ICS, or a hardware router, you generally don't need to mess with any of your applications because NAT based sharing works its magic at the TCP/IP level.  You might have to change your TCP/IP settings from those given in the Network setup section.  The changes usually involve the Client's DNS settings.  

However, different Sharing programs require different setups and so do different ISP's, so check the instructions that come with your Sharing software or hardware for proper client setup.  The Troubleshooting page also has help for Sygate, ICS, Hardware router and NAT related setup problems. Manual TCP/IP settings for Sygate clients can be found here, and for ICS can be found here.  

Note that some Sharing programs will require you to enter the IP address of your ISPs DNS Server instead of the IP address of the Sharing server in the Client TCP/IP DNS properties.

Almost done...
Once you've gotten your Clients working, you have one more very important step to complete.

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