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Friday, February 22, 2008

ICS with AOL

Are you trying to connect to Xbox Live using Internet connection Sharing (ICS) and your internet service provider is AOL?
Is it not working?
If yes, you'll need to follow different connection sharing steps.
To make AOL work via your PC you have to create a separate connection to the internet and stop using the connection AOL installs using its own software.
Here is what you have to do:
  • On your PC go to control panel then network connections.
  • Select "Create a new connection" from the left side bar.
  • The Wizard will welcome you and asks you to Click Next so, click next.
  • Select "Connect to the Internet" then Next.
  • Then select "Set up my connection manually" then Next.
  • Select "Connect using a broadband connection that requires a user name or password" then Next.
  • It will ask you for your ISP name so put it AOL.

Then your AOL user account for example (must be with the into the username field and your password into the 2 password fields then click Next.

If you have multiple AOL accounts make sure to use the "Master Account"

You are now on the "Completing the New Connection Wizard" screen, check the box "Add a shortcut to this connection to my desktop".

  • Now you'll need to disconnect from the Internet, and double click the new shortcut created on the desktop to connect to the Internet again using our new connection.
  • Now make sure you can browse normally using the new connection shortcut. If you get any error telling you there is a problem with the username or password you entered or a domain problem, the details you have put in for sure are incorrect.
  • Check your username and password and make sure to put the correct one as this must be set first before we move to the next step. If you are sure that your username and password are correct and that you are using the Master Account, try changing your password, especially if it is longer than 7 characters, try to make it 5 or 6 also try entering your details in lowercase.
  • Now we'll allow ICS option normally to the new connection we just created, go to "Control Panel" then "Network connections" and right click the new connection.
  • Select properties then go to the advanced tab and check "allow other network users to connect through this computers internet connection"
  • If you have more than one network you'll get a dropdown box to select the network you want to share the connection to. If you just have one network you just click Ok.
  • Finally connect the Ethernet cable to your Xbox 360 and PC.

Make sure you always connect using the new connection (shortcut on the desktop and forget about the original AOL icon)

And if you are already connected to the internet, disconnect and reconnect using the new icon. Your internet browser will not start automatically like it used to do. Just start it up manually after connecting with the new icon.


  • You have to set everything in your Xbox network settings to AUTOMATIC.
  • And NEVER Put YOUR AOL Username/Password into the PPPoE section of your Xbox Dashboard. As this will prevent you from accessing Xbox live. (This is for ICS)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

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