[Dshield] AOL Broadband

Al Reust areust at comcast.net
Fri Dec 5 23:54:32 GMT 2003


Here is a bit of food for thought
Take one Win2K Pro (at least, as you did not mention the OS) box that has 
the AOL software installed.
Turn On Internet connection Sharing.
Point it at the wireless NIC.
On the Linux Laptop create a configuration that points the network at the 
Win2K Box - wireless Nic for its Default Gateway. You could even turn on 
NAT for basic DHCP

 From what I have seen in the past, TCP/IP does work irrespective the P3 
protocol driver that AOL installs. The Win2K then just translates. 
Obviously You would not want to stack very many boxes on the small network. 
Yes the Firewall becomes more important. Yes there are dependencies


At 06:15 PM 12/4/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>I wish to put to this august body a question slightly off-topic:
>I am working with a company that is at present connecting two
>stand-alone PCs to the Internet via AOL for Broadband (DSL) (one DSL
>connection each). This is woefully inefficient, and lacks something in
>security (so I thought), so they've agreed to install a network with a
>broadband router/firewall. They decided to put in a Linksys Wireless A+G
>router/firewall and wireless NICs (due to an inability to hide wires),
>which I will have the honor to install.
>Today I find that AOL's DSL solution requires a specific client on the
>PC to use the DSL connection. Since not everyone using the network has
>AOL, and at least one node will actually be a Linux notebook, is there a
>way around the AOL client in sharing a single AOL DSL line? Am I about
>to get over my head?
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