The Five Steps to Network Sharing Nirvana!
There are five steps that you'll need to take in order to share your
Connect your computers into a Local Area Network
Configure the computers on your LAN to use the TCP/IP protocol that they'll
need to connect to the Internet.
Select and install the software or hardware that allows the single Internet connection to be shared.
Configure the other computers in your LAN so that they access the Internet via the
Secure all the computers in your LAN against intruders.
A few definitions might help minimize confusion as you read through the site:
Sharing Server - This is
the computer (or hardware device) that is directly connected to the Internet, generally
via some sort of modem. This is also referred to as a Gateway or Router.
Sharing Client - This is the computer that
is not directly connected to the Internet. It depends on the
Sharing Server for its connection.
Note that a Sharing Server or Client can be running MacOS, Windows 95/98/NT, or *nix
(variants of Unix) operating systems. You can also mix these
various types of computers in the network. The only requirement is that the
computers have Ethernet interface cards and that they support the TCP/IP protocol.
I recommend you read through the steps before you start to do
anything, since you may need to buy some additional hardware or software before you can
get started. I also recommend that you follow the steps in the order given
Got all that? Good!
get everything connected!