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    Unhappy ICS with XPpro

    Ok, i have a wired network of three PCs (and a printserver) all running WinXPpro, one of which has a 64/128k BT/ISDN/homehighway/midband USB thingy which i want to share with the other two PCs

    - so, using windows netowrk setup wizard thing i set up the Host, and enabled sharing on the conection in question

    - then i set up the first client simply my using th wisard again, this set up a "internet conection gateway" which all worked fine (when i shut down Zonealarm) i couldnt conect remotly (becuase you have to use the stupid BT thing, so you can to "redial if conection drops") but other than that it was fine

    - set up the second PC that same way, Fine, tested they all worked etc, FINE

    - the after about an hour i disconected and shut down the PCs and went to bed.

    - next day, fire them up, and OMG, they seem to have forgotent everythink - the conection is still set to be shared, but none of the client PC's have there "gateway" thing anymore

    has anyone else had this, whats going on, how can i fix it (permanently)

    - HELP, thatnks, daniel

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    - also, if anyone can recomend a free firewall thats happy running with ICS im on the lookout, becuase im not buying ZApro just toget ICS working.

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    XP Pro has a decent enough firewall. Use that
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    Try Sygate Personal Firewall, I;ve found it excellent.

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    yeah, what about it keeping on forgeting about being set up for ICS tho

    - thats what i relly need to know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howard
    XP Pro has a decent enough firewall. Use that
    even without SP2?

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    Yes; XP ships with a basic firewall. Go into Start, All Programs, Accessories, Communication, Network Connections on the ISDN-equipped machine. Look for the internet connection that you use. Right-click, choose Properties, and then Advanced and you'll see the Windows Firewall section where you can configure the settings.

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    Yeah, but alot of people say that without SP2 the firewall is usless and rubbish

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    It WILL block attempts to connect to your machine from the outside world without SP2 (but you do want to get the other Windows Updates). I would say that SP2 is a VERY GOOD idea and highly recommended, and gives the firewall a lot more features, but the firewall pre-SP2 isn't completely worthless. Oh, and the reason for a lot of confusion about this is that preSP2 the default state for the firewall was "off"; from SP2 it's "on" by default.

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