Please forgive me if this question is too elementary for this forum.
I have set up a small 2 machine home network, using Windows XP on both computers. The network is set up by connecting both computers to an ADSL router, and then going through the Windows XP new network connection wizard (that's the extent of my networking knowledge!)
At the moment, both machines have access to the internet through the router.
Can anyone tell me if there is a way to allow the computers to share files, as they do at the moment, but only allow one of the computers to have access to the internet? I would like to keep all my internet traffic on one computer only, so that I can remove all resident security software from the other one. This would allow me to keep as much CPU space as possible for high demand programs, such as Photoshop.
I have looked at my software firewall (Online Armor free) and can't see any way of blocking access to the net, but allowing a local network.
Machine 1 runs Windows XP Pro SP3, and the other runs Windows XP Home SP3.
I run Avast! Free, Online Armor Free, Superantispyware Pro, Sypware Blaster, Spybot S&D on both machines. My router is an iConnectAccess 624.