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4. Networking and Sharing

Networking your AOL Plus DSL service through ICS is possible. Works for most Windows OSes.

Internet Connection Sharing with Windows 98 Second Edition
How to Use AOL with Internet Connection Sharing (Q230233)

by redxii See Profile
last modified: 2002-09-19 19:44:28

AOL currently provides service through PPPoE. Thus you may any PPPoE client to connect to the service.

Connection via Client:

For AOL version 6.0, this software comes packaged with a modified version of a pppoe, also known as Winpoet for use. Nonetheless, any Winpoet client installed will be used through this client version.

Version 7.0 and 8.0 uses a completely proprietary pppoe in which AOL developed, also known as the WAN adapter.

by Meteor Dive See Profile
last modified: 2003-04-13 18:18:03

You can lower your pings in Windows XP by installing RASPPPOE with AOL 6.0.

Please note that this setup applies to Windows 2000 as well.

A tutorial written by Meteor Dive:
Installing AOL 6.0 with XP/RASPPPOE

by redxii See Profile edited by Meteor Dive See Profile
last modified: 2002-08-06 03:20:17

Yes. You may purchase any router to your liking, but they must have support for PPPoE.

by thebombs12 See Profile edited by Meteor Dive See Profile
last modified: 2003-04-13 03:36:17

For Windows 9x/ME Setup:

*The screen name being used must be a General account*

At this point, insert your Win9x/ME CD in the drive for it will prompt for one at the end of this setup

To start, get your copy of RASPPPOE at its official home page.

Unzip the file into it's own folder.



Now go to Start >> Settings >> Control Panel



Now go on and double-click on Network



In this network property, click Add



Select Protocol And click OK



In this window, click Have Disk...



Like most Windows, it tends to look through the floppy drives (A:\ drive). Once this window appears click on Browse...



Browse through your drive and point to the folder where you unzipped RASPPPOE. Three .inf files should appear. Select any one of them and click OK



And just go ahead and click OK



This window should appear. And from this point on, click OK

Windows will go ahead and complete the setup. It will access the CD-ROM for other necessary files. If the CD is not loaded, it prompt you to do so.

Then restart the computer.

After booting up the computer, go into your network properties again.



Your Network list should look something like this.

By default, the protocol sets MTU to 1492. Under AOL conditions, this will become a problem. Not to worry. Now we are going to setup the MTU here. Remember that AOL only operates with an MTU Value of 1400.



Under all the bindings with PPP over Ethernet Protocol, select the Adapter or NIC that is associated with your ADSL Modem and click Properties. The properties window for the PPPoE will show up.



In this window, place a check on the box with the option Overwrite Maximum Transfer Unit and type in 1400. Then Click OK

Now to start getting the service running.



Go to Start >> Run



In the dialogue box type in RASPPPOE And click OK



This setup window should appear. From here, click on the button Query Available Services



Upon querying your services, a list should will be provided in similar fashion above. Now click on the button Create a Dial-up Connection for the selected Adapter. You'll see that a dial-up shortcut will be created on your desktop. Then click Exit



From here, you can rename the dial-up shortcut if you wish. Here I renamed it as AOL DSL. That's obvious eh? Now double click on the dial-up shortcut



And this is it All you have to do now is type in your username and password. Remember to type your login name as yourscreenname@aol.com. Then click Connect!

*Note: Please make sure that your username and password are purely made up of letters and numbers, all in lowercase. Passwords must NOT exceed 8 characters in length. Spaces are NOT acceptable!*

by Meteor Dive See Profile
last modified: 2004-01-11 16:36:52

For Windows 2k/XP Setup:

*The screen name being used must be a General account*

To start, get your copy of RASPPPOE at its official home page.

Unzip the file into it's own folder.



Now to install RASPPPOE, go into your Control Panel and double-click on Network Connections.



Now in your Network Connections window, select the network setting that is connection to your modem or the adapter your modem is using.



Next, right-click the selection and click on Properties. On this next window go ahead and click on Install



In this next window, select Protocol and click Add



In the next window, go ahead and click Have Disk...



In this next window, you'll be prompted to locate the files needed to install the protocol. Click Browse...



Begin searching for the folder that contains the RASPPPOE file. I originally saved it onto my desktop so that it's easier to find. Once found, double-click the folder.



Select RASPPPOE.INF and Open it. (It doesn't matter which one choose, actually, since XP will choose the right component later. This is just to get you going).



Once your search for the file is done, click OK



You'll receive another prompt where it lists the device you want to install. Select PPP over Ethernet Protocol. During installation, a window Hardware Installation may come up several times (typically four times per installed network adapter), warning you that the driver has no digital signature or Windows Logo. Make sure you click Continue Anyway every time you are prompted to allow successful installation of the protocol.



You should now have PPP over Ethernet Protocol installed in that window. By default, the protocol sets MTU to 1492. Under AOL conditions, this will become a problem. Not to worry. Now we are going to setup the MTU here. Remember that AOL only operates with an MTU Value of 1400. Begin by highlighting PPP over Ethernet Protocol and click Properties.



In this window, place a check on the box with the option Overwrite Maximum Transfer Unit and type in 1400. Then Click OK. Click OK again on the main network properties window to close the window.



Now click Start >> Run



In the dialogue box type RASPPPOE



Click on the button Query Available Services. Once your are provided the list, click on the button Create a Dial-up Connection for the selected Adapter. Then click Exit.

A dial-up shortcut will be created in your network connections as shown in the picture below:



It'd be a convenient if you copy this shortcut onto your desktop.

Now double click on the dial-up shortcut.



This is it. All you have to do now is to type in your username and password. Remember to type your username as yourscreenname@aol.com. And click Dial!

*Note: Please make sure that your username and password are purely made up of letters and numbers, all in lowercase. Passwords must NOT exceed 8 characters in length. Spaces are NOT acceptable!*

Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
  • Thanks Buddy !!!!!!!!!!

    2009-12-04 01:49:14

  • i have try many times wit your provided username by setup guide, but stiil not success. so, could u please tell me what is username and password should i type and dial to make my connection work. looking forward to hearing from you soon. Regards Leang

    2008-06-22 22:26:12



by Meteor Dive See Profile
last modified: 2004-01-11 16:35:42

Windows XP:
To avoid using the AOL Client, Windows XP users are now able to utilize the native PPPoE connection in XP. To do this, simply run Network Connections from the Start Menu.

*The screen name being used must be a General account*



Under Network Connections, click on Create a New Connection



Simply click Next



Select Connect to the Internet and click Next



Select Setup my connection manually and click Next



Select Connect using a broadband connection that requires a username and password and click Next



Type in any name you wish. AOL DSL is typed for demonstration purposes only.



Now type in your screen name followed by: @aol.com. Then your AOL password. You may toggle settings here to your desire.



Add a shortcut if you wish to the desktop for ease of use.



Toggle settings here if you wish to. WARNING! do not change anything in the PROPERTIES TAB! They're for Advanced Users ONLY.
Now Press connect.



*Note: Please make sure that your username and password are purely made up of letters and numbers, all in lowercase. Spaces are NOT acceptable!*

Also, please confirm that your MTU is set to 1400 bytes on your NIC.

To check, Download DR TCP to your desktop, run DrTCP and see if you NIC is set to 1400. If not, set it to 1400 bytes, hit save, exit, and reboot.

*Note: Please make sure that your username and password are purely made up of letters and numbers, all in lowercase. Passwords must NOT exceed 8 characters in length. Spaces are NOT acceptable!*

by thebombs12 See Profile edited by Meteor Dive See Profile
last modified: 2004-01-11 16:38:45

DSL Users:

AOL is 100% compatible with any router that supports PPPoE with adjustable MTU settings.

Simply follow the instructions provided by your router manufacturer.

Key Guidelines:

• It is required that the screen name being used is a General account

• Under Username: type your screen name followed by @aol.com.

- For Example: "ravenx5521@aol.com"

•Under Password: Type your AOL password for that screen name. Then save/apply and establish a connection on the router.

• AOL only supports an MTU (Maximum Transfer Unit) value up to 1400 bytes. Make certain you have manually set the MTU on the router to 1400.

• We recommend users with router setups to create a dedicated screen name on their accounts for the sole purpose of router login. Doing so will allow users to utilize other screens on their accounts when they choose to use their clients at any given time.

• If you ever choose to utilize the AOL client under these networking conditions, make sure that you set your client to connect via "TCP/IP: Lan or ISP (Internet Service Provider)." On newer versions of AOL, this option is renamed as "Broadband (High Speed, Cable, DSL or other ISP."

*Note: AOL currently allows special characters and has extended the character length limit for passwords when using the AOL 9.0 Optimized. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO PPPoE AUTHENTICATION! Please make sure that your username and password are purely made up of letters and numbers, all in lowercase. Passwords must NOT exceed 8 characters in length. Spaces are NOT acceptable!* Failure to follow will result in an error in PPPoE Authenction.

Cable Users:
AOL is working hard to find you a way to establish a DHCP connection with cable companies. Hang tight and they will think of something. Right now, you will need to clone your mac address before you can use the AOL client to log in.

Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
  • AUHTENTICATION please change to AUTHENTICATION a little moan but it would make this page look more professional

    2008-06-05 03:17:00



by thebombs12 See Profile edited by redxii See Profile
last modified: 2008-06-05 03:21:25

Guide #1.

Guide #2

by Tha ReAlEsT See Profile edited by redxii See Profile
last modified: 2003-08-12 01:58:04

If you ever choose to utilize the AOL client such networking conditions with a router involved, make sure that you set your client to connect via "TCP/IP: Lan or ISP (Internet Service Provider)." On newer versions of AOL, this option is renamed as "Broadband (High Speed, Cable, DSL or other ISP."

by Meteor Dive See Profile