Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
I am trying to share a dial-up (AOL) internet connection on two PCs having WinXP and I have been able to establish a network between the two by using an ethernet cable. I tried to configure the host and the client for ICS and to some extent am successful in doing the same.
The problem, most probably, I am facing is AOL always shows the status as 'Disconnected, Shared, Firewall' (under Control Panel > Network Connections > View Network Connections) although it is connected. As a result, the same status is reflected on to the client. AOL even doesn't allow to change the properties by right clicking on the dial-up connection icon.
I referred to microsoft troubleshooting guide but still am facing the same problem. Any suggestions/pointers/comments are greatly appreciated.
Re: Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
I thinkl you are on the right track. This really does appear to be a functional problem with either AOL or the Internet Connection software on Microsoft's part. It would be interesting to see if the status is reflected accurately when dialed into MSN, but that's another isue entirely.
What type of network testing are you engaging in that you will be using this dialed up link as a part of? You might be better off going with a hardwasre link simulator for the restricted pipe, or even defining a crossover connection between two cisco routers with a specific amount of bandwidth and noise. The reason why I suggest this is that dial-up links are notoriously variable and it might be difficult to establish the same baseline conditions when you go to re-execute your test later with dialup.
Just food for thought,
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