How to connect Windows XP and Windows Vista computers using Ethernet cable?

Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) setup : part 3

10. Now, the Internet connection on the ICS host computer (DESKTOP running Windows Vista) has been shared, the network (Ethernet) card that's connected to the ICS client changes its IP address from a 169.254.x.y address to the private gateway IP address To see this change, right-click the shared Internet connection on Network Connections folder and select Status from the drop-down menu. On the Status window, click Details.

Windows Vista : Network Connections - shared broadband Internet connection (Home Wireless Internet) on the ICS host (DESKTOP)

Picture: The broadband Internet connection (Home Wireless Internet)
on the ICS host (DESKTOP - Windows Vista) has been shared.

On the client computer (LAPTOP with Windows XP), the connected Ethernet card is assigned another IP address with the same subnet mask ( by the ICS host, i.e. 192.168.0.x where x is any integer from 2 to 254. Unlike in Windows Vista, in Windows XP you can see the IP address without opening a new window, it is listed on the Details pane of the Network Connections folder.

Windows XP : Network Connections - Local Area Connection Details on the ICS client shows client IP address with subnet mask Internet Gateway icon represents the ICS host.

Picture: Private IP address 192.168.0.x (2-254) and subnet mask
for the connected Ethernet adapter on the ICS client (LAPTOP - Windows XP).
Internet Gateway appears on Network Connections.

The ICS client can connect to the Internet via the ICS host provided the host is turned on and its Internet connection is active. An Internet Gateway icon that represents the shared Internet connection on the ICS host appears on Network Connections folder. This means the ICS client is connected to the Internet using the ICS host as its Internet Gateway device.

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