WinGate 4.1.1Internet Connection sharing software solution
Overview of Wingate
Ok lets get into Wingate specifically now. First of all you can visit Deerfield's website located here: http://wingate.deerfield.com for specific details. The current version of Wingate we're reviewing is 4.1.1. Here is an Overview of Wingate as shown on their front page:
The other most important thing Iím sure you most want to know about is the Pricelist, just how much is this thing going to cost me! You can find their pricing list right ĖHere- Iíll also lay it out for you here:
Now keep in mind you are paying for the Licenseís and License keys needed to run Wingate, because there is only one main download of Wingate and to unlock the different steppings and features of Wingate is determined by what kind of Key/Package you purchase, when you enter the key it unlocks whatever package you have purchased. So as you can see it can get very expensive for the Standard and Pro versions, but these are meant for SOHO or Business or Corporate types of environments where they can afford this level of software for their business. And the Wingate Home is meant for just that, Home Internet sharing use, but note that you are only limited to a 6 User version under the Wingate Home. So if you have more users you want to hook up you will have to upgrade to a higher version under Wingate Pro, which initially can be a little costly.
This is pretty much what you need to do prior to installing WinGate. Set aside one computer, this computer or Server is going to become your Internet Sharing Server. Anytime you want to access the Internet on the other client machines this PC has to be on and connected to the Internet, without it you will have no Internet access to your other machines. This means that this computer must stay on 24/7 or at least for the times you want to surf the web on the other computers. It is required to have two network cards in this computer. They can both be PCI 10/100 cards or ISA cards if thatís all you have, but you have to have two of them, preferably of a different brand/model so you can tell them apart in the Network Setup of your computer, otherwise you will get confused as to which one is hooked up to what. You then hook your Cable or xDSL or whatever; Ethernet cable into one of the NICís. Then setup your computer to get access to the Internet, make sure you can surf the web and download. Then you will want to hook the other card to a Hub or Preferably a Switch, If Cat5 Straight Through wire hook it up to the Uplink port on the Hub or Switch. Then connect all the client computers to the Hub/Switch via regular straight through cables to the ports on the hub/switch. Once you do all this and all the machines are running itís time to install WinGate.