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Old 01 November 2006, 03:46   #1
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IT/ISP question

I have AOL on my home PC which I have had for years and know all the pitfalls with and also the fact that its pretty cr@p, however I am happy to keep it as the email address is nearly 9 years old and also the PC would probably take some converting to a proper ISP.

However I have just bought an xbox360 and want to use the live function on it, and Microsoft xbox does not seem very happy configuring with AOL. If I got a simple BT Broadband package for the xbox and also my work laptop which is Outlook Express based would I be able to run both AOL and BT Broadband on the same telephone line? I would say that I have no intention of running them at the same time.

Hope someone can advise me, everybody I ask seems to have a vested interest in selling me stuff!!

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I don't think you can have two ISP's but I may be wrong.

Had a quick look at Google for "AOL & XBOX360" and there are a few people who are having the same problem but there seem to be links in the threads to fixes.

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Also looked at these links but I think that its a bit of an smoke screen by both parties... Will keep trying though

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Ollie, it's obviously not what you want to do but if you are stuck it's possible to run dialup + broadband. Just a thought.
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You won't be able to get 2 ISPs on one telephone line.

Have you got cable where you are? NTL etc might be a competitve way to do it.

Might also depend on how your PC & XBox are connected?
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Not knowing how you've got things setup, but if all the xbox needs is internet access, then surely you can just get an adsl router, bang in your username and password, and presto, internet on both machines without having to install AO(hel)L software on the XBox.....

I set this up for a couple of people at work the other week - they thought they had to install the AOL software on both machines that were connected to the internet, but that actually wasn't the case, and both would talk to the internet using AOL as the ISP quite happily.

Of course, I may have completely mis-understood the above, in which case, just ignore the post

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