How to create a direct connection using Ethernet crossover cable in Windows XP?

Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) setup (part 1)

8. To configure Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), on the first computer which is going to be the ICS host, right-click the Internet connection that will be shared and select Properties to open the Properties window. You can also do this by clicking "Change settings of this connection" under Network Tasks. On the Advanced tab of the Internet connection Properties window, check "Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection". Select Local Area Connection that corresponds with the Ethernet card which is used for the direct connection from the drop-down box. And click OK. 

to open Internet connection Properties from Network Connections folder

Figure: Decide which Internet connection is going to be shared on the ICS host computer.

On the example above, the Internet connection is a PPPoE Broadband (DSL/Cable) with login from Network Connections folder (in many cases login is done via modem web interface). If your broadband Internet connection is always on, then you must find the Local Area Connection that corresponds with the Ethernet card which connects your host computer to a broadband modem under LAN or High-Speed Internet. Rename the Local Area Connection with the name of your Internet connection for easy identification later.
Even if you have a slower Internet connection (such as PSTN/ISDN dial-up or GPRS), you still can share the Internet connection using the above procedure. In this case, your Internet connection must appear under Dial-up.


Figure: To enable ICS for the Local Area Connection.

If ICS options aren't available on the Advanced tab of your Internet connection Properties window, your direct Ethernet connection must haven't been working. You'll have to reconfigure it. Please note, if you have more than one network adapters installed in your computer, you'll see a drop-down list providing several home networking connections (LANs). You must select one, i.e. the Local Area Connection that corresponds with the Ethernet card used for the direct connection.

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