Sharing an Internet connection

Software — configuration

Once you've chosen your sharing software, follow the author’s installation instructions. The first step is always installing the software on the server. Then, either the client computers must be manually configured, or the sharing software will provide an auto-configuration program for you to use. If you are presented with an option, I always recommend auto-configuration.

After that, your Internet sharing setup will or won’t work. If it does work, enjoy it. If it doesn’t work, there’s not much help I can offer. Since each program varies so much, the problems and solutions vary too much for me to provide generic suggestions. However, you can seek help from the website of your sharing software’s author. Many of them have knowledge bases that provide detailed answers to a variety of questions.

On the other hand, if your setup mostly successful but certain programs don’t work quite right, you’ll find help on the special applications page.