Win9x ICS Client Installation
Before you install/configure ICS on another
Windows95/98 or NT4 system, I suggest that you
first install the network on all systems using TCP/IP-protocol and verify, that you have a working
network connection to the Windows 98 SE system, acting as ICS
We use now the "Client Configuration
Disk" (as created during the setup
of the ICS host) :
Client Configuration Disk the
"ICSCLSET.EXE" to run the
"Browser Connection Setup
It will NOT configure the
network, that is YOUR job
(and it is covered below
||information message :
The Wizard will check the
settings for your browser,
to use the network connection
(instead of a modem-connection)
Just continue with "Next"
Completing the Browser Setup
continue with "Finish
Lets verify, what this wizard
has done by checking in the
Control-panel the settings for
||Check on the tab: Connection
As the wizard told us, a
connection to the Internet is
not using anymore a modem,
but the Local network, there
select as connection:
"Connect to the Internet using
a local area network"
||It is time to have a close look at the
README.TXT-file on the
"Client Configuration Disk", especially the
the TCP/IP-settings (see here for the complete content
I strongly suggest to follow these instructions step-by-step !
(there are possibilities for different
IP-addresses using ICS Advanced Configuration )
||Properties of TCP/IP-protocol:
select to "Obtain an IP address
i.e. to use DHCP.
The "Internet Connection Sharing" setup on
the Windows98 SE system includes a DHCP-
server, which will assign IP-addresses.
select "Use DHCP for WINS Resolution"
make sure, that NO gateway is defined
||tab: DNS Configuration
Ensure that DNS is disabled
Any change to the network configuration will
require a restart of the system.
And after the restart, you should check, that you have a valid
||Click on your "Start"
select from the menu: "Run"
and enter "WINIPCFG",
||Click on the button
"More Indo >>"
to display the detailed information
on your IP-configuration.
The IP-address (in this example:
was assigned to your system by the DHCP-
server on the ICS Host, which also passed
on the IP-address for the "DNS-Server"
and for the "Default Gateway",
by default the ICS-host.
Don't forget: when starting up your system, you need to logon to
On the ICS-host, when starting up an Internet application, you
will still be prompted to confirm, that you really intend to
connect to the Internet, and the connection progress is display:
When now starting up on an ICS-Clients any TCP/IP-application (including the very simple PING) using an IP-address on
the Internet, the ICS-host will establish the connection to the
Internet (without asking for any confirmation and without
displaying a connection progress window on the ICS-host),
only the Dial-Up Networking icon will be displayed in the
On the ICS-host, the ICS-icon in the taskbar can be used to
verify the number of systems sharing the Internet-connection:
The ICS-host is always sharing this
connection (so if 2 systems are listed
to share the Internet connection, it is the ICS-host and ONE
additional system via the local network).
When I installed ICS, it worked the first time
without any problem.
However, some users have reported problems
(example: a Win98SE article in the German Computer journal CT,
issue 15/99, page 92) and it has been
suggested in such cases to UN-INSTALL ICS, restart the system and
then to RE-INSTALL ICS.
The shared Internet connection is terminated on
the ICS-host like any other Dial-Up Networking connection:
(for an automatic disconnection, make
sure that the Modem Idle-Timeout
In a simple home-network with just 2 or 3
systems, ICS works well using the default values.
But in an office setup, there is the need for some special