did a very good job describing the access to the internet by the client computers thru the ICS host computer. And is the only way to go, with the way you have your computer set up.
If I may suggest you spend $45 on a basic router. I prefer the Linksys Network Everywhere NR041-WM. Nothing fancy it just works. With the router both computers won't have to be on to share the internet. The router functions as the host. DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) handles the network arrangements. It also has a NAT (Network Address Translation or Network Address Translator) which will help hide your computers on the internet. This is what most computer users feel is basic security.
Later you could get a print server fairly cheap. Again this is away to have both computers use one device without both being on. For now just share the printer from one computer to another thru your network.
I realize this is probably more than you wanted but I thought you may like the option.
Edited by acklan, 26 October 2005 - 07:28 PM.