How to Share Broadband Internet Connection
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In telecommunications, broadband refers to a method of handling a wide array of frequencies. Typically, frequencies with a wider bandwidth have greater capacity for carrying information. Sharing broadband connections is one way of allowing multiple computers to gain Internet access. Instead of purchasing a wireless broadband router, other users gain access to the Internet through a wireless network adapter. With broadband sharing, different computers can simultaneously use the Internet provided one computer already has Ethernet and wireless network adapters and is directly linked to the Internet. With an established connection, both the Client and Host computers can have Internet connection and at the same time, enable the sharing of files between the two computers.
- Local Area Network (LAN)
- ADSL modem
- HOST computer
- CLIENT computer
To share a broadband connection, the first thing to do is to reconfigure the HOST PC or the computer with a primary and direct Internet connection through an ADSL modem. The HOST PC is also the mother computer that would share the connection to the CLIENT computer. To initially reconfigure the computer, log on to the HOST PC either as the Owner or the Administrator.
Click 'Start' and 'Control Panel'.
Click 'Network Connections' and then click on the connection you are using for the Internet. For instance, when an Internet modem is used, you can click the right button to elect Dial-up connection.
Click on 'properties' and then the 'Advanced' tab.
Select the check box stating 'Allow other network users to connect through the computer’s Internet connection' on the Internet Connection Sharing.
If the user shares a dial-up connection, the user must choose the check box stating 'Establish a dial-up connection whenever a computer on my network attempts to access the Internet' to facilitate the computer’s automatic connection to the Internet.
To reconfigure the client PC, right click on the tray wireless adapter icon from the system tray. Go to 'View Wireless Networks' and choose the HOST PC. Click 'Connect' and the client PC can now automatically obtain an IP address from the HOST PC since Internet Connection Sharing is now activated.
Once the user clicks 'OK', the following messages will appear on the screen: 'When Internet Connection Sharing is enabled, your LAN adapter will be set to use IP address 192.168.0.1. Your computer may lose connectivity with other computers on your network. If these other computers have static IP addresses, it is a good idea to set them to obtain their IP addresses automatically. Are you sure you want to enable Internet?' Click 'Yes' to wrap up the reconfiguration process.