how do i share ny broadband connection

  richierich 23:42 09 Aug 2004

oh wise people, I have aol broadband connected fine to pc, and a laptop wirelessl;y networked to pc. the two computers see each other fine, i can swap files from each other ok. But i cant get the internet on the laptop through the network.
I have loaded AOL on the laptop and set it to connect through tcp/lan but it cant find it.
any ideas please.

  Strawballs 23:46 09 Aug 2004

What OS are you using on each machine

  richierich 23:48 09 Aug 2004

HPpro on the pc connected to the modem and win2000pro on the laptop

  richierich 23:49 09 Aug 2004

XPpro on the pc connected to the modem and win2000pro on the laptop

  TomJerry 23:49 09 Aug 2004

You need to enable ICS on your main desktop PC. Search windows's help for "Internet Connection Sharing". It will tell you how to do it.

If this does not work, contact AOL because AOL uses its own special setting, so standard set up does not work. If AOL cannot help you, get another ISP.

  richierich 23:51 09 Aug 2004

My internet connection says it has been enabled for sharing, I did contact AOl they said they only supported it through a router, but I thought i should be able to do it with one connected and the networked.
I will badger them again

  Strawballs 00:01 10 Aug 2004

On the XP machine follow instructions on setting up a home network which includes internet connection shareing, which can be found control panel > network connections > left hand pane.

  richierich 00:03 10 Aug 2004

I tried that, didnt work

  richierich 09:27 10 Aug 2004

anyone got any ideas, i wondered if its to do with IP addresses(not that i know what Im talking about) but the network itself is ok, ie i can swap files from one computer to the other but i cnt share the connection

  TomJerry 13:46 10 Aug 2004

I think AOL use proxy server. The desktop is set up automatically when you install AOL. You may need to find the Proxy server address and set it up for your laptop.

In IE: "Tools", "Internet Options", "Connections", "Lan Setting". You should find Proxy setting there if AOL does not hide in some other places.

  steven_frost 13:58 10 Aug 2004

also AOL i think has a built in firewall that may be stopping you

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