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• Microsoft Vista Home Networking Setup and Options
The most daunting part of upgrading to Windows Vista may be trying to figure out where in the layers of menus the networking and file-sharing options are hidden.

• Do It Yourself: Roll Your Own Network Cables
It may not be something you do everyday, but having the supplies and know-how to whip up a network cable on the spot can be very handy.

• Tips for Securing Your Home Router
Seemingly minor and easily overlooked settings can still have profound security implications. Here are some steps you can take to make sure your wired or wireless home router and by extension, your network is as secure as possible.

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• Microsoft Windows Home Server
If you have a home network, you'll welcome the easy file sharing, remote access and the image-based backup features of Windows Home Server.

• Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive
Iomega's fourth generation StorCenter Network Hard Drive brings many of the features found in higher-end storage devices down to an attractive price.

• MikroTik's The Dude
This free tool delivers many of the same capabilities that you'd find in pricey network monitoring tools. As long as you don't mind tinkering, The Dude is a decent network utility that should be worth the download.

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If you are looking for a "fast and easy" way to share your Internet connection, this method is probably not for you.  Go back to the selection diagram and choose one of the other methods.

See the "Configure Client" page if you need help setting up your client computers.


An improperly configured Linux/"unix" system can be a magnet for crackers, spammers and all sorts of folks who you'd rather not have to deal with.  If you are going to use a Linux/"unix" system, PLEASE secure it properly.  Read this for a basic overview of what to do.

There are a few variants of "Unix-like" operating systems that are available for free or "almost free".  They all offer powerful networking capability and can be used to turn an old 486 class (or higher) machine into a router that will allow you to share your Internet connection.

These sites have information on their respective operating systems, so you can make your choice:

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The following links are more specific to the issue of sharing your connection, mostly using Linux.  Some are specific to sharing cable modems, others more general.


  • new2.gif (111 bytes) If you're using the Linux Router Project (LRP) to share your connection, you may find these articles helpful (Thx to Chuck Weinberg!)

  • Free Linux-based routers can be found on this page.

  • Some folks at have put together a how-to on IP Masquerading.

  • There is also an Linux LAN & Firewall FAQ written by Robert L. Ziegler that explains in precise detail how to set up your Linux computer  as a IP masquerading router. This is fairly specific to cable modem users.

  • If the idea of a Linux based solution appeals to you, but you don't want to learn Linux just to share your connection, then you might want to try ShareTheNet.   It costs $70 and basically turns your old '386 or '486 based machine into a NAT router/firewall.   There's also a free version available if you already have Linux installed and are comfortable building kernels and editing configuration files.

  • If you're a Road Runner user and want to use Linux, then this page is for you! Earthweb HardwareCentral earthwebdeveloper CrossNodes Datamation

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