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Thread: PC with 2 NICs = router/server?




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    Myself as well as 2 other people have a PC with 2 NICs in it. We all want to set up these pc to become servers of some type and use the NICs to form a router of types

    I know windows has net sharing but I don't think it is the same thing that I want to do, or is it?

    btw, i would be feeding the net to a small network via a switch where as the other 2 would be using a crossover cable to 1 other PC

    i'm pretty sure I need some routing software, but I don't know which one.

    any help or comments would be greatly appreciated
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    You're absolutely right, you would need some software to do the "routing" between the networks, Win98 SE and above have ICS. If possible, I say go with that. If not, use something like WinRoute or WinProxy.

    Later

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    ICS has worked for me for years. :devil win


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    ok i'll try that

    what about a linux option? I plan to use that on another comp later on

    thanks for the help
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    Why not get a hub(or switch), install ICS and TCP/IP and call it a day.
    I dont see why you would want to go into crossover cabling and stuff.
    Unless its just 2 PCs connected at a time.

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    i'm not the one using the crossover cable, my friends are...and yes, for them there is only 2 comps involved. I however already have 2 routers (Cisco and D-link) and a switch. I am tring out different options (which is nothing new in this forum) and want to try my hand at somthing I havn't done before. Right now I have everything behind on of the routers. I want my soon-to-be server to be the point of entry and have that fed to the switch which will then go out to the other comps. And I just want to know how I can most effectivly do that. It sounds like ICS is the answer.
    But what about DHCP? Or should I just asign each computer a static LAN IP (192.168.0.??)
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    I personally perfer static IPs as there is less confusion which machine is which. But after getting a big network, it might be a hassle. But if you're just running a LAN i say go w/ static IPs.

    If you want to go crazy, start playing with the subnets :D
    BTW the best subnet calculator i found is wildpacket's one thats available on download.com
    :2cents:

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