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  •  You have 2 options as I see it... (6+ / 0-)
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    Option 1:  Windows does support Internet sharing, but I've never tested it because I've always had hardware.   In a nutshell, a Windows machine with 2 network connections (one "WAN", one LAN) can offer up private LAN services for its Internet connection.  Think of it as a 2-port router.  Admittedly, I don't know how many computers it can accommodate, but I'm sure Google might know ;-)

    Option 2:  There is a very mature open-source/free firewall called "pfsense"  I would wager that you could connect your WAN to one side of a computer/laptop running pfsense and set up your private LAN (with DHCP services and everything) running on the regular Ethernet interface.  It is even known to support Wireless WAN offerings like MiFi and related wireless solutions.  This is how you could exceed the typical 5-client limit on those types of devices.   This is probably what I would try first even before I attempt Option 1.  

    Hope that helps!

    You and me will all go down in history, With a sad Statue of Liberty, And a generation that didn't agree - SoaD

    by nsdq on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 06:51:50 PM PST

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