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Internet Connection Sharing Fundamentals

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As I write, I'm in a hotel that wants $20 per day for wireless Internet access. My wife brought her computer, and she would like to connect, also. I've spent quite a long time trying to understand ICS, but I'm missing some of the fundamentals. Both computers are Windows XP SP3. What I want to do is to pay for one connection and then allow the second computer to access the Internet through the first one.

At first I thought I could connect the two computers with a crossover Ethernet cable and share the wireless connection, but I cannot find a web page that shows that exact configuration. So, I'm stuck. If you know how I can do this, please post. There are some excellent articles on ICS, including one by Steve Winograd, but there are some steps that aren't available on my computer or my wife's computer, including the drop down box that appears on this page.
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The page above has links to videos if you'd like to see them.
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have you checked with the front desk? typically that $20 covers any computer that's in use in the room (i.e. you could have like 6 computers on at the same time) you pay for the room to have access not each device (usually)

it might be a breach of the hotel's EULA (End User License Agreement) for you to share the connection in the room like you're wanting to do so you'd probably want to ask about that too
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