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Cable AOL wireless networking

Does anyone know if its possible to configure a bog standard wireless cable router to work with a cable AOL connection? If so what are the settings? eg Is it a PPOA or PPTP etc
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
PPOA or PPTP > ?  No, you will not be using either of these for a wifi network.  PPPoA is an authentication protocol for DSL, and PPTP is a tunneling protocol used for such things as VPNs..

I am not versed in the 'bog' wifi cable router, but if you are using Cable, then neither of the above is relevant.  But, a router is a router, and it should be easy to setup if you have the manual.  It will be providing NAT (or PAT) service to your internal network, which allows multiple devices on the internal LAN to access the internet where you have only one public IP address.  The hardest part will be configuring the Wifi part of the setup, meaning employing the proper security (WEP | WPA | MAC Address Filtering)...

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sajsharifAuthor Commented:
I can configure a router and set up a wireless network in minutes. Dont have a problem with that. My problem is for the life of me I cannot get a wireless router configured to work with AOL. Either wired or wirelessy. What are the setting (if any) required to configure aol cable to a router. thats my question?
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
Here is a pretty intense discussion on AOL and Wifi routers.  The bottom post finds the setup completed and working.

Personally, I would never suggest to any of my clients that they even consider using AOL, for many reasons, this issue being one of them.  But, I understand that some people actually like the AOL look and the features they offer (although for the life of me I cannot understand why.  :)

Anyway, read through this and see if anything makes sense..

http://www.the-scream.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?p=156222#post156222
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
Hmm..  after further investigation, it seems that AOL tells us that only specific routers will work with its Broadband Cable connections..

http://aolsvc.aol.com/broadband/homenetworking/contentpages/hmntwk_links_faq.adp

Another reason I would drop them in a heartbeat!  :)
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
:)
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sajsharifAuthor Commented:
Non of the responses so far have been helpful or What I knew already. I am not sure how to proceed to get this question deleted, as I have now no need to fullfill this question, yet would still like a solution.
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
It could be that they use a 2 way authentication, just like 2-way CHAP and PPP.  You authenticate to them, and they reverse authenticate to you.  If this is the case, then you have to open ports on your router so that they can start the 3 way handshake.

Other than that, I have setup many routers before and never had a problem connecting the customer to AOL.  Never been an issue.  But AOL is funny that way, and that is why they are loosing customers everyday.  :)

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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
Thks, mod
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