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Hello let me start by saying I am currently in a Windows Server class and looking to play around a little with my media center. What I am trying to do is set up my Media center so all other PC's in the house have to travel through my PC to get to the internet, mainly so I can log traffic and see whats going on.

How is this done? do I need a Nic card? and can Windows 7 do this?
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Basically what you will need is 2 Ethernet ports (If you only have one on your motherboard you will need to buy a NIC) and a router or switch.
Then you will need to plug in the Ethernet coming from your modem into your PC, Then another Ethernet coming from your PC to the router or switch.
All other PCs are then connected to the router or switch via Ethernet or Wireless.

You then need to enable internet connection sharing on the Connection from your modem, do this by going into
Control pannel>
Network and sharing centre>
click the internet enabled connection name (should be somthing like "Wired internet connection (network name)")>
Properties>
Sharing tab>
Then check the box that say allow other network users to use this computers internet connection.

Now that all that is done your other PCs will be able to connect to the internet via your PC, but as for monitoring software i have no knowledge of any stuff like that so someone else will have to step in to give advice on that bit.
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wonderful thank you, I also assume my PC needs to be on for others to connect to the internet correct?

Is there a way that if said PC is not on, they could still find the wireless router?
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If the PC is not on, they would be able to connect to the wireless, but not get out to the Internet.

Using a Windows PC for a router isn't a good idea.
    
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If the PC is not on, they would be able to connect to the wireless, but not get out to the Internet.

Using a Windows PC for a router isn't a good idea.
What kind of setup would you suggest for this then?

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What kind of setup would you suggest for this then?

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Pfsense or other small Linux builds like smoothwall & monowall just to name a couple. I prefer pfsense there's a real definitive guide to setting it all up and it has awesome features. You can run most of these distros on older hardware as well . To use these as a router you still need two NICs though.
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Just the idea of using a computer with something as vulnerable as a Windows desktop OS as a router doesn't sound good to me. Plus, it introduces too many things to go wrong.

Something like pfSense or even a modified Linksys router would provide much more functionality than Windows MCE as a router.
    
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