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If you'd rather set up sharing using a Mac as your Sharing computer, your options are fairly limited.  Just see the information below.

Use the "Configure Client" page to setup your client computers.

On the other hand, if you want to have Macs as Sharing Clients, you can do that with pretty much any Sharing method.  Just set your Mac's TCP/IP properties according to the instructions that come with whatever Sharing method you use.  There are also some helpful links below.

Using a Mac as the Sharing Computer
There are really only two companies who offer products that will allow you Mac to share an Internet connection, Vicomsoft and Sustainable Softworks

  Before you start, better check that your Mac:

  • Has at least 32MB of memory (64MB if you are running MacOS8.X)

  • Is running Open Transport (this means that your OS version is at least 7.5.3)

  • Can support two Ethernet interfaces. iMacs presently (7/99) cannotSee this page for why you need two Ethernet interfaces.

If your Mac doesn't meet one or more of the above checklist items, then consider using a hardware router.  For more info, check the Router Product Guide

See this page for more info on Vicomsoft's extensive product line (which now also includes Windows versions of its products).

Sustainable Softworks' only product is the IPNetRouter.   The documentation is harder to understand than Vicomsoft's and it's a much smaller company, but the price is lower ($89 for "a single gateway machine" with unlimited clients allowed) if you have more than two computers that need to be shared.. If you are part of an educational organization (people with a .edu or .k12 email address) the price is 50% less, about $45.

This site also has some FAQs, but there isn't much cable modem detail.

Other helpful Mac info

  • If you'd like help for setting up a network for your Macs, visit the Three Macs and a Printer site.

  • If you need help configuring TCP/IP on the Mac, read this.

  • If your LAN has Macs and PCs, you may want to read this.

  • If you just want Internet access on one Mac, but also have it connected to your other Macs for file and printer sharing, read this.

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