Connection

Windows XP Internet Connection Sharing


WinXP LogoInternet
Connection Sharing (ICS) enables a Windows computer to share its
Internet connection with computers on local area networks. It’s
been around since Windows 98 SE, and with the launch of Windows
XP, it’s only gotten better.

Windows XP ICS has some notable advantages over the versions of
ICS in Windows 98 Second Edition and Windows Me:

  • It’s easier
    to set up
    . There’s no software to install, and it doesn’t
    add any network components or protocols.
  • It’s much
    more reliable and much less likely to cause network problems.
  • You can create
    a Network Bridge connecting
    two or more local area networks and share the Internet connection
    with the computers on all of them. This is especially useful if
    your XP computer is connected to both a wired and wireless network.
  • ICS
    client computers can use XP’s
    Internet Gateway
    to monitor and control
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Internet Connection Speed Recommendations

Below are the internet download speed recommendations per stream for playing TV shows and movies through Netflix.

  • 0.5 Megabits per second – Required broadband connection speed

  • 1.5 Megabits per second – Recommended broadband connection speed

  • 3.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for SD quality

  • 5.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for HD quality

  • 25 Megabits per second – Recommended for Ultra HD quality

Watch Netflix in HD

To watch Netflix in HD, ensure you have an HD plan, then set your video quality setting to Auto or High. Titles will play in HD as long as you have a connection speed of 5.0 megabits per second or faster.

Manage Netflix Bandwidth Usage

Higher quality video uses more bandwidth than lower quality video. If your service provider applies a bandwidth or

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Internet Connection Alternatives for Home Networks

Most people, particularly in urban and suburban areas, enjoy several options for how to connect to the internet. The connection method you choose affects how a home network must be set up to support internet connection sharing.

Digital Subscriber Line

DSL is one of the most prevalent forms of internet connection. DSL provides high-speed networking over ordinary phone lines using digital modems. DSL connection sharing can be easily achieved with either wired or wireless broadband routers.

In some countries, DSL service is also known as ADSL, ADSL2 or ADSL2+.

Cable Modem Internet

Like DSL, a cable modem is a form of broadband internet connection. Cable internet uses neighborhood cable television conduits rather than telephone lines, but the same broadband routers that share DSL internet connections also work with cable.

Cable internet is perennially more popular than DSL in the United States, but in many other countries, the reverse is true.

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