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Windows 7: Having it connected to the network but not internet

14 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Signature Edition
 
 
Having it connected to the network but not internet

Hey guys,

I have setup a spare computer that i have had at home as a small home server.

Now, it's not a normal home server. It's a computer that i has iTunes open all the time and shares the music as a library and then my family can connect via the network and gets songs they would like.

I want it on the network so i can access it, but has no access to the internet.

How can i do this?

Thanks,

Cohen

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15 Dec 2009   #2
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Are you using wireless for your home network? If so, your network is one that gives all your machine access via WEP/WPA authentication. Once you are able to connect to your wireless network, either all or no machine can connect to the internet (provided you haven't made any filter changes on your router).

If your home uses wired networking, and you want to create a simple network to share files and internet, it's not hard either. There are countless tutorials on how to set up a simple network...consult google.com if you don't mind.
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15 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 & 8 64-bit, Mac OSX 10.8.2
 
 

One way to have the server connected to your network without also connecting to the internet would be to use a networking protocol, such as IPX/SPX, that isn't internet-compatible. All computers accessing the "server" would need to be running the protocol and in the "server" PC, you would have to disable TCP/IP.

I know IPX/SPX can be installed in 98SE, XP & Vista (because I've done it), but might have to play about with 7
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15 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Signature Edition
 
 

How do i go about IPX / SPX??

The server is on the wired network, and we have wireless which my dad & I use, as well as 2 iPod touches within the house. So i want each device / computer to be able to access the "server" via the network but not have the server connected to the internet.
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15 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Not knowing what router you have it maybe possible to create a firewall rule that just denies all outbound traffic from your "server", assuming your server has been setup with a static IP address.
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15 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Signature Edition
 
 

I can't get the firewall part to work.... maybe i am doing something wrong. I have a netcomm router.
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15 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7 & 8 64-bit, Mac OSX 10.8.2
 
 

I suspect you may have run into the buffers before you start. IPX/SPX can be installed in your computers, but iPods (about which I know nothing) will probably be the stumbling block. If they can only use TCP/IP protocol, it isn't going to work.

Install IPX/SPX in Windows Vista & Windows 7

[Requires: that you have Windows XP (SP2) in another PC]

1)
Create new folder named 'temp' in the root of your Vista or 7 drive ( C: ).
Copy the following files from XP (or expand from XP CD) installation:

Windows\System32\drivers\nwlnkipx.sys
Windows\System32\drivers\nwlnkflt.sys
Windows\System32\drivers\nwlnkfwd.sys
Windows\System32\drivers\nwlnknb.sys
Windows\System32\drivers\nwlnkspx.sys

Windows\System32\rtipxmib.dll
Windows\System32\wshisn.dll
Windows\System32\nwprovau.dll

(Following folder is hidden)
Windows\inf\netnwlnk.inf
Windows\inf\netnwlnk.pnf

to C:\Temp,
and to corresponding Vista or 7 folders.

2)
Go to the “Network Connections” folder (“Start > Run”, type ncpa.cpl and click OK)

Right-click your LAN connection and select Properties.

Click Install..., select Protocol and click Add...

The NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS protocol may be listed on the Network Protocol list.

DO NOT SELECT IT.

Click Have Disk... Browse to C:\Temp. Select netnwlnk.inf.
Click OK.
Select NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS from the list.
Vista/7 will tell you that the publisher could not be verified.
Click Install.

If all goes well, the protocol should be now installed.
Restart computer.

If necessary, I can let you have the files from XP.

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15 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Not sure if this would work on Windows 7 - but one thing to try is to set the default gateway on the server to itself, (127.0.0.1), this should prevent the system from accessing the internet, whilst retaining access within the local subnet.
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15 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Not sure if this would work on Windows 7 - but one thing to try is to set the default gateway on the server to itself, (127.0.0.1), this should prevent the system from accessing the internet, whilst retaining access within the local subnet.
That should do the trick, a nice simple workaround with no need to create rules or install software. Good thinking
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15 Dec 2009   #10
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cohen View Post
How do i go about IPX / SPX??

The server is on the wired network, and we have wireless which my dad & I use, as well as 2 iPod touches within the house. So i want each device / computer to be able to access the "server" via the network but not have the server connected to the internet.
Just curious how do u intend the devices to connect to the server via the network as you have stated? In all instances you will need an IP address for the server, as already mentioned you could give it a static IP, subnet and default gateway. However if you wish to connect to this server over the network and wirelessly via your router (i would assume), this could be a problem, as the router does would not have broadcasted the network that the server is configured with. Most likely you might need to configure your router to broadcast this address.
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