“ Allows networked computers to simultaneously share an Internet connection. Serves as a firewall, prohibiting intruders from accessing the network. „
Wingate is an easy to use application that enables you to share a single Internet connection with many computers (up to 300, I believe). It comes in three flavours - Home, Standard and Professional, each having greater functionality. The Home version works n a similar way to Microsoft’s own Internet Connection Sharing Wizard, and is highly efficient at doing exactly what it does. It’s easy to set up, and for the novice user should present no problem at all. Standard edition acts more like a traditional proxy server, and requires some understanding of TCP/IP network addressing, along with DNS and DHCP. There is a great source of reference information on the Wingate home page, but I personally feel that unless you are confident you know what you are doing, this is best left to professionals. Professional edition is very similar to Standard, but allows Wingate to interact with in-built groups on NT and Win 2000 servers. It has advanced caching facilities to save your precious on-line time, and supports dial-up modem connections, ISDN, ASDL, Cable modems - in fact just about any connection you may wish to use. Nearly all applications I know of and use can interact with Wingate fine, with the exception of Quicken 2000, which has no proxy server support at all. Apart from that, it is quite the most exceptional piece of software I have bought from a non-Microsoft vendor. I’m writing this review through it now - whilst my partner uses her laptop to surf at the same time - all through a shared dial-up connection. 10 / 10 !!