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Old Feb 09, 2003, 09:05 AM
Robins2001 Robins2001 is offline
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Hi,

I currently have 2 main computers which share an internet connection through "windows internet connection sharing"

I am considering getting a very old apple mac or pc to use as a router.

What would I need to make this work and whats the best, most secure and stable way?

Ive heard Linus is the best way, can that be run off a mac?

I have no idea how to set up Linux, the only experiance ive had is with windows and a little os9.

All I want is for this small box to be on 24/7 sharing the internet connection and maybe acting as a firewall.

Many Thanks

Ps. Ive just seen somwhere about a print server. whats a print server and how could I benefit from setting one up aswell?
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Old Feb 09, 2003, 09:19 AM
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If you can get something of pentium grade use that & put Win2k on it.
You just install the modem on it & network it to the others. You will need to enable ICS as before.
You will only need a monitor for it during setup.

Print server is a similar idea. Just install the printer on your router pc & share it. You will be able to print to it from both the other pcs. Advantage is that the pc that its connected to will always be on.
You can also get a hardware version that you attatch the printer to that will connect directly to the network.
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Old Feb 09, 2003, 09:55 AM
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Richskie, cheers for the advise mate.

is it the same sort of idea with a mac based computer? i know that setting it up will be slightly different but does the mac os have the same sort of features for connection sharing?

i only ask becuase i may be buying a power mac 133mhz desktop which should do the job quite well.

cheers
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Old Feb 09, 2003, 12:11 PM
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No idea.
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Old Feb 09, 2003, 12:28 PM
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have no idea, but i think networking a mac with two pc's might not be the best idea, as already a win98 networked to NT's causes problems...
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Old Mar 19, 2003, 05:21 PM
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Cant really help with your problem as Ive never even used a mac.

But you can get Linux for it yellowdog linux.
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