AOL and internet sharing

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by bluban, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. bluban

    bluban OSNN One Post Wonder

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    i have small home network using as follows;both comps have xp sp2,network setup correctly to share files etc,a 5 port ethernet hub and a host comp using AOL 9 (gold)using a voyager105 usb modem ethery thing has been updated driverwise on both comps,my network card has the ip addy 192.168.0.1 the other comp has its ip as 192.168.0.2 subnet set to standard

    problem is i can no way get the othe machine to connect to the net either via AOL software or IE plz help as this is driving me nuts,just wen i think i have it well the rest is history
     
  2. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Welcome to the forum.

    AOL has a history of single user/single machine connections meaning that they don't like customers sharing the internet connection with anyone but the subscriber him/herself. There is, however, one method around this - and that is to use a wired/wireless router with a built-in modem as the device automatically connects to the server without the need of the AOL software.
     
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  3. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    Another way around this is to ditch AOL whom in my opinion do not even like their users to have internet access in the pure form - as an ISP they restrict so much the service you get is sub standard (MTU, ISP overhead et al)
     
  4. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    Im gona have to agree here. yet the still have a cult following. ( my father is one of them) the insist that its easier to use but in fact in my opinion its a horrible horrible thing.
     
  5. tibboh

    tibboh Arte et Marte

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    Ming is most correct in what he says. i have a Belkin wireless router, and I can have all six computers linked into AOL (9) at the same time with no complications whatsoever.

    As some of you are ever so anti-AOL, there is absolutely no need to sign on to AOL with this set-up, as you can sign on to the web as normal via IE.

    I have had no problems with the service and speed to date (Belkin router can be a wee bugger at times)
     
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  6. Johnny

    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

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    Yep, learn to use a pc and get rid of AOL. They are more trouble than help ... What was said is rigt. They don't allow any sharing unless all parties are AOL customers, and their service nothing but substandard BS Garbage ..
     
  7. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    I've actually repped you for this post - I think it gives us a nice heads up that whilst AOL do represent problems to us that know what we are doing there could be a valid need for that they offer - I am going to stick my neck out and guess that you have some users on those six computers who think AOL is "better than the internet"?

    Reason for my repping? We should not be prejudiced anti-AOL, rather informed, and tiboh has done that. It should be possible to do what the poster asked and he has confirmed that - of course poster may still need help - and I suspect AOL will be less than forthcoming, this is one of the areas where we start having issues because they gear themselves up to serve the PC illiterati, not geekdom. But let us remain aware here that from a business POV AOL are well aware which of those two groups is in the majority in the world at large! :)
     
  8. tibboh

    tibboh Arte et Marte

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    thanks for the reps, mainframeguy - I signed onto AOL years ago and it is probably more hassle to drop it what with the deal I get now. Just to mention u are thinking of migrating gets you a better and better deal money wise each year (I am assuming not many ISP's will do that).

    I am well aware of all the bad points that the members of this forum point out towards AOL, (much of it justified, but in my family's case the advantages outshine the disadvantages) but in the end its a personal choice and as long as you have the opportunity to make an informed choice, then power to the people.

    Anyway, it is only a programme and like most things in life, I use it to my advantage and if and when I find that this ISP does not give me what I want - I will change.

    Regards