Connection Sharing (ICS) enables a Windows computer to share its
Internet connection with computers on local area networks. It’s
been around since Windows 98 SE, and with the launch of Windows
XP, it’s only gotten better.
Windows XP ICS has some notable advantages over the versions of
ICS in Windows 98 Second Edition and Windows Me:
- It’s easier
to set up. There’s no software to install, and it doesn’t
add any network components or protocols.
- It’s much
more reliable and much less likely to cause network problems.
- You can create
a Network Bridge connecting
two or more local area networks and share the Internet connection
with the computers on all of them. This is especially useful if
your XP computer is connected to both a wired and wireless network.
client computers can use XP’s
Internet Gateway to monitor and control