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I have a home network that runs perfectly off a 4 port router that splits my cable modem connection just fine. But unfortunately all the ports are used up. I want to connect a 5th computer up to the internet without having to buy a new router. I have 2 network cards in one of the pcs and i connected a cable from the empty network card to the new comp. I tried to configure both computers accordingly so that the new comp can recieve internet access directly through another comp but without success. Both comps run WinXP. Can anyone give me a procedure to run through so that it is set up correctly or will what im doing simply not work? Please respond with any adive you can give me. Thanks
 

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It will work, but to share the internet connection like that the easiest way that I have found is to run a freeware proxy program, then set your browser/games/chat programs/whatever on the 5th PC to connect through the IP of the computer running the proxy, or in this case, the one with 2 network cards.

A free proxy program would be proxy+, available here

Let me know if you need any help!
 

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Forget about ICS or a proxy, just buy an inexpensive 4 port switch and connect it to one of the router's ports! The router is capable of managing lots more machines, you just need to expand it's ports.
 

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johnwill said:
Forget about ICS or a proxy, just buy an inexpensive 4 port switch and connect it to one of the router's ports! The router is capable of managing lots more machines, you just need to expand it's ports.
most routers are happy to hand out 254 ip addresses, like johnwill said, it's just a matter of chaining together enough switching hubs to have the number of ports you want/need.
 
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