How many people can use ICS under WinXP?

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by dirtycow, Nov 29, 2003.

  1. dirtycow

    dirtycow Guest

    Hi All,
    I have two PC's networked together, mine running ICS connected to 600K
    broadband. Were about to get another PC and want to connect this to the net
    too. Ideally, I want to do this via bluetooth - i.e. connect the new PC and
    my PC (the internet host) via bluetooth dongles - is this feasible? Has
    anyone done it?

    The second question is, will all three PC's be able to use the net at the
    same time using ICS?

    dirtycow, Nov 29, 2003
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  2. dirtycow

    Jay Guest

    Yes possible. Simply Computers have them advertised for 30 + vat
    which have 100m range or 20 + vat with 10m range.

    Anyone, what advantage is there using Bluetooth instead of 802.11b?
    Yes - I currently have up to 4 PCs sharing through ICS at any given
    time. Beware that online games and downloads hit each other's
    connection speeds so best to negotiate with the other users before
    entering that fps tournament or downloading those Linux ISOs.

    Jay, Nov 29, 2003
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  3. dirtycow

    in2minds Guest

    "Anyone, what advantage is there using Bluetooth instead of 802.11b?"

    when I tested it I got the impression it is a LOT slower, downloading
    files from 1 pc to another seemed to take much longer than my current
    now using US Robotics 22mbps wireless cards, purely for convenience, and
    they've been excellent.

    in2minds, Nov 29, 2003
  4. dirtycow

    BRG Guest


    The maxima are 5 for XP Home and 10 for XP Pro - see below:"
    BRG, Nov 29, 2003
  5. dirtycow

    dirtycow Guest

    Anyone, what advantage is there using Bluetooth instead of 802.11b?

    The main advantage to me is that I already own a bluetooth dongle, and it
    would therefore be quite a lot cheaper to get the setup going.

    Thanks for the info about ICS - the 3rd PC would very rarely be on the net
    so I could live with a bit of a performance hit once in a while.

    dirtycow, Nov 29, 2003
  6. dirtycow

    Conor Guest

    Yes. Windows XP Home, if used as the ICS server, will max out at 5
    simply because that is a restriction on XP Home networking
    capabilities...5 simultaneous LAN connections.

    As for the wireless working well thats a different issue. It'd be
    cheaper to buy a router and network cards/cables.
    Conor, Nov 30, 2003
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