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Sharing Internet access between desktop and laptop

I am brand new to networking and am trying to share Internet access between my desktop and laptop. My LAN network is running fine, meaning I can play multiplayer games, deal with files, etc. However, I cannot get it to share Internet access.

On my desktop I have the following settings: IP address is= Laptop's IP=

For some reason I was able to share Internet access previously but it will not work now. It worked before I designated IP addresses for each computer, which I did to run a multiplayer game. Is there a way to share Internet access and be able to run a TCP/IP multiplayer game on the same network? Not at the same time of course.

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One of the requirements of the ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) is that the other internal IP addresses be set to DHCP or dynamic update. When you specifically assigned the IP address you inadvertently violated this rule and now the ICS won't share with the laptop anymore.

This was first published in June 2001

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