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Can't share Internet connection

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    Can't share Internet connection


    Hi. I'm having this problem in Windows 8 where I can't share the Internet with another PC, which runs Windows XP. My Internet connection name displays as "Unidentified network" which I think disables ICS and sharing altogether. I've also tried changing configurations in the HomeGroup and, although a second connection called "Network 2" set as "Private network" appears, it disappears after I reboot the PC. Any help please?

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    Maybe this tutorial will help. It helps to use a crossover cable for this connection but I believe there are ways around that. The second link shows settings more specific to setting up connection sharing with XP machines.
    Internet Connection Sharing - Enable - Windows 7 Forums
    Internet Sharing using Cross-Over cable - Windows 7 Forums

    You will also want to leave the Home group if you set one up. Home groups are made for Windows 7 machines only.

    If you need to share files between those machines you should set up a Workgroup using the same workgroup name for all machines in the workgroup.
    Workgroup Name - View and Change - Windows 7 Forums
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    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Hi. Unfortunately neither options works. The "Sharing" tab doesn't exist here, only "Networking" and for the second one, when I try add IP settings manually, only the XP machine has Internet connection (Also, I have a switch, so I don't think that the LAN option will be required).
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    Are you using a crossover cable? This is a special cable made just for ICS.

    You mentioned using Home group which isn't made for XP machines, thus the info on setting up a work group was posted.

    If you have a switch do you also have a router?

    Using a router after your modem is an order of magnitude better than trying to use ICS for anything.
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    Windows 8


    Yes, I have a router. I used to use ICS in Windows 7 with a router and I had no problems at all with it.
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    I'd go with the router and the switch. I can't think of a reason on earth to use ICS if you already have a router and a switch.

    The ICS may not be working due to drivers not being made for Windows 8, not too sure why the sharing option is not showing up.
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    Windows 8


    Still, I can't connect both PCs at the same time to the Internet. I've tried manually adding IP addressees and it's a no-go. It seems to be some sort of conflict between the IP addressees but I can't figure out what I am doing wrong.
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    I assume you have a 4-port Ethernet router and you are connecting the switch to one of the ports.

    I think the missing link here could be the port for which you use the switch with. This port may need to be configured to allow multiple IPs to go through to the switch and out devices that are connected to the switch to obtain different IPs (a switching port).
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    Quote Originally Posted by parakletos View Post
    Still, I can't connect both PCs at the same time to the Internet. I've tried manually adding IP addressees and it's a no-go. It seems to be some sort of conflict between the IP addressees but I can't figure out what I am doing wrong.
    It sounds to me like you don't have DHCP enabled in your routers set up page.

    There should be a setting there for it. You will have no need to set up static IP's in this small network.

    I never needed to mess with my switches at all, with DHCP enabled the switch will be plug and play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by parakletos View Post
    Still, I can't connect both PCs at the same time to the Internet. I've tried manually adding IP addressees and it's a no-go. It seems to be some sort of conflict between the IP addressees but I can't figure out what I am doing wrong.
    It sounds to me like you don't have DHCP enabled in your routers set up page.

    There should be a setting there for it. You will have no need to set up static IP's in this small network.

    I never needed to mess with my switches at all, with DHCP enabled the switch will be plug and play.
    That's funning because if the switch connects to the router via ethernet port this port for the switch has an IP which is assigned by the router but the ports on the switch does not have IPs associated with them. A switch cannot send out IPs addresses so any devices plugged into it at most will only have one IP which is the IP for the switch itself (taken).

    For LAN, the devices needs to be given static ips if you are plugging them into the switch (connected to a router), unless the port on the router with which the switch is connected to, as i mentioned before is configured as a 'switching port'. Correct me if i'm wrong.
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