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Sharing Cricket Modems

Sharing Cricket ModemsKate Dubensky

Here is what I am trying to do: I have a cricket modem. I have a laptop running windows 7 and a desktop running XP. I have been trying to network so I can use the cricket modem with both computers. I was able to network no problem, cricket works on both computers, but I must be doing something wrong, because I can't "share" the connection. I know it can be done, because I have seen posts that people are doing it, any ideas?

Cricket Modems and Internet Connection Sharing

Cricket USB portable broadband modems are popular choices to increase Internet accessibility at a reasonable cost. Several opinions seem to suggest that you will need to use a wired or wireless router to share the Internet connection from your Cricket modem, but there is talk of another solution.

Windows Internet Connection Sharing - ICS

The connection sharing technique that I think you are looking for has more to do with your operating systems than with your modem model. Windows offers an Internet Connection Sharing feature that allows a Windows computer to share its connection with other computers that are linked by a local area network (LAN). Setting up a shared Internet connection is not very complicated and doesn't require any additional software.

Establish a Local Area Network

Before you can launch the Internet connection, you first need to establish a local area network. To do so, the server computer - the one with the direct physical connection to the modem - needs to have two network connections, one for the Internet and one for the LAN. Using the Windows Network Setup Wizard, you can establish the link and launch the Internet Connection Sharing - ICS.

Enable ICS

To enable the ICS, start on the host computer, the one with the Cricket modem attached. The following instructions are written for Windows XP, so it is advantageous to use your desktop running XP as the host computer.

  • 1. Click the Start button, then choose Control Panel
  • 2. Click Network and Internet, then Network and Sharing Center, and then choose Manage Network Connections
  • 3. You will see your connection options listed, right click the Cricket connection, then select Properties
  • 4. Select the tab called Sharing, then click the box beside Allow Other Network Users to Connect through this Computer's Internet Connection to select.

Reconnect your TCP/IP Connections

This configuration will change your computer's IP address and assign a static IP for your LAN. For this reason you will likely need to re-connect the TCP/IP connections between your two computers. To do this:

  • 1. Click Start, then Control Panel, then Network and Internet, then Network and Sharing Center, and finally Manage Network Connections
  • 2. Right click on the LAN connection, and choose Properties
  • 3. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and then choose Properties
  • 4. Choose Obtain an IP address automatically

This should do it, and your computers should now be able to share your modem connection. For more advise and details about ICS, you can visit the Microsoft website and enter ICS as the search term.

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