Network Productivity Group
... a computer consultancy
Technical tip #39, March 18, 2002.
Tech Tip #34, November 11, 2001, we talked about a shareware program for
sharing an Internet connection, Sygate.
We were recently asked if we continued to recommend that software,
in this case by someone considering using it for sharing a DSL connection. For those considering using it for a dial up connection we
would continue to recommend it. For
DSL or cable, we would recommend considering a DSL router.
is some price consideration: Sygate
Home is $40, while a DSL router runs around $80 or more. Sygate Office is $110 for 5 users and more as one adds
drawback we found with Sygate is that the "host" machine must be
up, running and attached to the Internet.
For some "client" users this was a continuing source of
confusion and frustration.
with dial up, Sygate, Windows Internet Connection Sharing or other
alternatives only make sense where you need to share a single phone line
or ISP ("Internet Service Provider" ala AOL, Earthlink, MSN, or
other). If everyone in the
family or workgroup has their own phone line and ISP, you don't need to
a footnote, I've found with AOL that you can't share a single account
anyway (the first time I've found them to be non-competitive). If the main account is logged on, no screenname based on that
account can log on at the same time.
This means everyone must have their own AOL account (and AOL
accounts are among the highest priced in the industry).
Even Earthlink now allows multiple e-mail accounts on the same base
account! Time to learn to use
Internet Explorer and Outlook Express or Netscape Navigator and Messenger?
Speaking of the last four items, next week we'll tell you about our experiments with "Opera", the "world's fastest browser" (their claim).
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