If you actually look at the product overview on the Sygate website it leads you to believe "this thing must be complicated!" but it is actually one of the simplest proxies I have used. One of the advantages of Sygate over other proxies is that is uses NAT (network Address Translation) which allows the PC that is sharing the internet to have full access without the need for time consuming frustrating browser set-ups, port forwarding or software configuration. All clients act just like the gateway PC with popular software like Napster (proxy nightmare) or any Gnutella client working with no fuss. Sygate also uses new 'OneNIC' support that allows for one network card to be used to share an Internet connection if a DSL or cable modem is used. This 'Virtual NIC' means that users no longer have to install a second NIC on the gateway machine, this can save time and money. Another thing about Sygate (surprised me this!) is that the client software does not have to be installed unless you want to use the client to administer the gateway PC. All clients will continue work happily without the client software. The only negative thing I'd have to say about Sygate is that on my system the engine has been known to crash during boot up, with a re-boot being needed to get it working, however this does not happen very often and I can assure you the pros of this software outweigh this one con. So basically you could have 2 or more machines sharing an Internet connection be it Modem, Cable, and DSL in the time it takes to install a single piece of software once... Excellent
Sygate was the first piece of proxy software that i used, and i worked without any bother within minuits. Sygate has support for all the protocols that is supported in TCP/IP. The only problem ive had is when i got my new computer with WinME installed on it. For some wierd reason sygate didnt work with this. I know that WinME has ICS installed with it... but that didnt work either. So i had to change my proxy software, and every other piece of software that i use the SOCKS protocol will not work. I never had this problem with sygate, everything worked. I could use napster and any other internet software that used SOCKS worked fine. Now im lost with this. Sygate is very easy to install on your network. You install the server part of the software on the computer that has the modem in it and then install the client part on all other computers that you have on the network. Sygate has some very interesting features. The client computer can connect or dissconnect from the internet and anytime just by clicking on a button. You can also block access to certain sites that you dont want any computers on the network accessing. There is also an option in the preferences on the server to add extra security which in turn basicaly acts as a very simple firewall. The server installation shows all the computers that are connected to the server and what each computer is viewing at that moment. It also logs all the sites that are accessed by each computer and when and also what user on the other computers viewed the site. All in all this piece of software is very good and works with great efficiency. A very negiable ammount of resources are taken up by the software. I would definatly say that it would be worth it to buy this program. It helped me out and it actualy works.
This relatively small program works and absolute dream. It allows anyone with limited/no knowledge of networks to share a dial up/broadband connection with little or no effort. This is what ICS should have been like - take note MS!! It configures your settings perfectly, and within 10 mins you can be up and sharing. I have had very little in the way of trouble with this and have even installe sybergens firewall software - and both work together with no problems at all. An excellent and easy to use product, well worth trying. ALso if anymore info is needed on setup then himhiggins.com has everything you need to help you through - its where i found out about sygate!
Have you ever noticed how complicated and how sometimes impossible it is to set up your home network to share one internet connection from a host computer using windows 98 ICS ? (even when you have extensive computer knowledge)! Well now you dont have to even bother, for a small 3Mg download you can get Sygate Manager for FREE! You install on the host machine, install on the client, then connect to the internet on the host and the client will also be able to use the internet at the SAME TIME! Its that simple, !!!, works straight away and will configure all your TCP/IP settings itself with you only having click install. one click suddenly turns into a work of genius, saving you time and considerable hair loss!!!