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ICS Client Setup [Win95/98SE/Me]

NOTE: This information is for configuring Win95/98/Me as an ICS client.  If you are configuring a Windows 2000 client, go to this page.

You need to do two things to check your ICS Client computers:

  1. Check the application settings to be sure that you are not trying to use a Proxy.

  2. Check your Client's TCP/IP settings.

Application Settings
If you've been using Wingate or other Proxy-based server, your browser, email and other applications may be set to work via a proxy.  Go to the Preferences settings of each application and make sure you change them to "Direct connection to the Internet" or to use a LAN.  Note that this is the setting to use, even if the ICS computer is connecting using a DialUp connection.

Also, open the Internet Control Panel and click on the Connection tab. After ICS is installed, you'll have LAN Settings and Sharing buttons near the bottom of the window.  Click on the LAN Settings and you'll see the window below

LAN Settings window

Make sure the " Automatically detect settings" is not checked as shown above.

While you're in the Internet Control Panel, make sure your Client is set to connect via a Local area network.  This is the setting to use no matter how you connect to the Internet.  This makes sure your Client uses the LAN to get to the ICS Server, instead of trying to dial up the Internet itself.

Internet Control Panel

If you have either Win98SE or Internet Explorer 5.X, your Internet Properties box may look more like this:

Newer Internet Control Panel

Select Never dial a connection.  If you don't have any Dial-Up Networking connections on the client computer, the selections are grayed out and Never dial a connection is selected automatically.

Setting up TCP/IP

Open the Network Control Panel by right clicking Network Neighorhood (Win95/98) or My Network Places (WinMe) on the Desktop.  Select the TCP/IP protocol binding to your LAN NIC and click Properties

TCP/IP->network adapter

Click the Bindings tabIf you want to use TCP/IP for File and Printer Sharing, check Client for Microsoft Networks and File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks.  If you use an other protocol (NetBEUI, IPX/SPX) for File and Printer Sharing, un-check both of them.

TCP/IP Bindings

Now decide whether to have the client receive its TCP/IP settings automatically from the ICS Server or to make the settings manually.  Follow the steps in the appropriate section below.

ICS Client Setup - TCP/IP Manual [Win98SE/Me]

If you'd rather set your TCP/IP properties manually, do the following:

NOTE: These settings assume that the IP address of the LAN NIC in the ICS server is  A Win2000 ICS server always uses that address, but you can specify a different one on a Win98SE or WinMe ICS server.  If the IP address of the ICS Server's LAN NIC is not, then either change it to or substitute the IP address that it is set to, wherever you see in the steps below.

NOTE: You can have a mix of automatically and manually assigned client machines on your network.  Because ICS' DHCP server assigns addresses sequentially starting at and works up, assign your manual addresses starting at and work down.

Set the client's IP address to a unique (not the same as any other machine's address) address from to

Specify an IP address

Click the WINS Configuration tab and configure it to Disable WINS Resolution.

Disable WINS Resolution

Click the Gateway tab and set the default gateway to

Specify Gateway

Click the DNS Configuration tab and make these settings:

  • Enable DNS

  • Host: Enter a unique name (usually the same as the computer name entered in the client's Network Control Panel Identification tab).

  • Domain: leave blank

  • DNS Server Search Order:

Specify DNS

After configuring TCP/IP, reboot your computer.  When it comes back up, it should be ready to access the shared Internet connection.

If you're having problems, please go to this page.

ICS Client Setup - TCP/IP Automatic [Win98SE/Me]

The easiest thing to do is to let ICS' DHCP server assign TCP/IP settings for the client.  Go to the network card's TCP/IP properties and set it to Obtain an IP address automatically.

Automatic IP Address

Click the WINS Configuration tab and configure it to Use DHCP for WINS Resolution.

WINS Resolution

Click the Gateway tab and remove all gateways.


Click the DNS tab and disable DNS.

DNS Configuration

Click OK to exit from each screen.  After configuring TCP/IP, reboot your computer.  When it comes back up, it should have received its TCP/IP configuration from the ICS server computer and be ready to access the shared Internet connection.

The rest of this section is optional.  If you want to check the TCP/IP configuration, use the winipcfg command.  To run it, click Start | Run, type winipcfg in the box, and click OK.

Run Winipcfg

Select the network card from the drop-down menu.  Adapter names may be  different than in the Network control panel.  On my Win98SE computer,  PPP Adapter is the Dial-Up Adapter, and NDIS 5.0 driver is the network card. 

Winipcfg Select Adapter

After you select the network card, its TCP/IP configuration is shown.

That's all there is to it! Enjoy your shared connection!

If you're having problems, please go to this page.

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