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By erocm ·
Ok. First let me say this, I don't like AOL, but I have a client who does. He has 2 W98 machines networked together thru CAT5 and a cable modem. I need a computer to go thru the network and access the network thru the other computer. I have tried with no luck. AOL won't help of course. I am using AOL6. I tried ProxyX from AnalogX and it wouldn't go thru ......... HELP! !

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by DKlippert In reply to AOL thru a cable modem

Here?s a site with some home networking information

http://www.wown.com/j_helmig/guide.htm

I would suggest a router. Use the 192.xxx.xxx.xxx addresses for the machines and the AOL IP address for the router.

Netbeui on the LAN, TCP/IP on therouter side

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by erocm In reply to AOL thru a cable modem

I went to the website and this is the title "Step-by-Step Networking Procedure: "Networking for Dummies" Thanks, but I already have it hooked up via network and see each other. Anyways the said they won't buy one because "Thier brother hooks up without a router."

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by maxwell edison In reply to AOL thru a cable modem

Sharing Internet Connections with AOL:

Buried deep in the documentation for AOL 6.0 are references to home networking. Apparently, AOL has some plans to let multiple screen names to be signed on AOL at the same time. This will be done through a special AOL ‘proxy’ and a single 'master login account'. This proxy will run a computer with a modem or broadband connection and will dial AOL whenever anyone on your home network wants to access AOL.

See this link for information on AOL proxy:

http://webmaster.info.aol.com/index.cfm?article=15

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Another option:

Right now you probably connect to AOL with a 56k modem, but that is not the only way you can connect. AOL has a ‘bringyour own connection’ option that costs much less. The ‘bring your own connection’ option allows you to connect to AOL over the internet through another connection method other than your 56k modem.

With the ‘bring your own access’ option, you could get a Cable Modem or DSL modem and connect to AOL over the Internet. All the computers in your house could connect to the internet to browse the web, but only one can connect to AOL at a time.

I suggest getting a ‘broadband router ’ to separate your home network from the internet and to share your internet connection. Software also exists to share your cable modem or DSL modem, but AOL support is always questionable.

The best part of this solution is that it does not use your phone line! All of your computers can be on the internet (one on AOL) and your phone line will still be free.

See this link for a diagram and information:

http://www.homenethelp.com/web/howto/aol-share.asp

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Maxwell

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by maxwell edison In reply to AOL thru a cable modem
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by erocm In reply to AOL thru a cable modem

thru your links (not directly but close enough) I was able to find an answer. I am going to use a proxy program. Thanks for the time and help.

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by erocm In reply to AOL thru a cable modem

Point value changed by question poster.
Heck I will even give you 100 points if you come set it up yourself !!

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to AOL thru a cable modem

Want to clarify a couple of things befoe I attempt to asnwer. If your clent is connected through a cable modem, his ISP is not AOL. While AOL does offer high-speed service, they only offer DSL. Therefor, it isn't really an AOL issue anyway.
You aren't too clear on how your client wants to use his network, but this is how I interpret it:
Your client has 2 computers running Win98 (version unspecified). I'm assuming that there is a hub somewhere to connect both computers to, since the cable modems I have seen don't have built in hubs. You are able to connect to the Internet with one of the computers but not the other. Your client would like to access the Internet from the computer that won't connect, by going through the connection of the computer that will connect. (I hope I've got this right.)
Most if not all ISPs will only support 1 Internet connection (in the home environment). They accomplish this in several ways: by issuing fixed IP addresses, and/or by registering the MAC address of the NIC on the first computer to be connected to the modem.
Therefore your client has a couple of options:
1. Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). This function does what your client wants to do (access the Internet from one computer by using the Internet connection of another computer). This function is built into Win98SE, Win ME, Win2K Pro, and Win XP. If your client is using the original version of Win 98 and wants to use this function he will need to upgrade.
2. Install aCable/DSL router. What this will do is essentially hide a users entire home network from his ISP. All the ISP sees is one IP address (on the router) and doesn't know (and can't see) if there are 1, 2, or 100 computers beyond the router. Most of these routers provide the added benefit of acting as a firewall between a home network and the Internet (highly, highly recommended with high-speed access).

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by erocm In reply to AOL thru a cable modem

You hit the first part right on. I haven't tried ICS thru Windows since I have heard it didn't always work. I probably will go for a router after I find nothing that works for me. Thanks for you time and help.

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to AOL thru a cable modem

Hi,

Because AOL isn't a true internet connection, you can use standard tools like ProxyX or AnalogX to get to it. Its all proprietry.

Take a look at the following site that describes how your clients could connect to AOL using their cable modem and still be able to use ICS to have more than one PC do it...

http://navigators.com/aol.html

(remove spaces from the above URL)

Pay particular attention to the need for a real ISP and dropping the price on the AOL parts by using a "Bring your own connection" setup.

Cheers,
Tim.

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to AOL thru a cable modem

Of course in my first statement I meant "cant" use tools like ProxyX or AnalogX....

Cheers,
Tim.

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