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Installing the router

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Installing the router

To install and configure the server running Routing and Remote Access as a router, you must be logged on as a member of the local Administrators group.

Hardware requirements

Before you configure Routing and Remote Access as a router, all hardware needs to be installed and working. Depending on your network and requirements, you might need the following hardware:

  • A LAN or WAN adapter with a WHQL signed driver.

  • One or more compatible modems and an available COM port.

  • A multiport adapter for acceptable performance with multiple remote connections.

  • An X.25 smart card (if you are using an X.25 network).

  • An ISDN adapter (if you are using an ISDN line).

To verify the compatibility of all hardware in a computer running Routing and Remote Access, see Support resources.


When you install the Windows Server 2003 family, the routing component is automatically installed. However, the Routing and Remote Access service is installed in a disabled state. For more information, see Enable the Routing and Remote Access service.

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