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Chapter 23. Do You Have a Problem? > If you have both an ISP connection and AOL...

If you have both an ISP connection and AOL …

You might have problems switching from one to the other because of something called the AOL Link. But you can sign on to America Online through your isp connection. This means you are paying for your isp time plus your AOL time, but AOL gives you a cheaper rate if you use an isp. It saves so much hassle, and often your isp connection is more stable anyway (you'll crash less) than the AOL connection. Make sure you have an isp connection established and have set up your iMac with it before you follow these steps.

  1. Open AOL, but don't sign on. At the Welcome screen, click the "Setup" button.



  2. In the AOL Setup dialog box that appears, click the button for signing on with an isp, what AOL calls their "Bring Your Own Access" plan (A). Click the "Next" arrow.

  3. In the "Add Location" section, type the name of your isp (B) so you will know which location to choose when signing on. Make sure the iMac Internal 56K modem is selected (C). Click the "Next" arrow.



  4. In the "Add Connections" section, click the button to "Add a tcp connection" (D). Click "Next."

  5. You will see your Welcome screen again, and in the "Select Location" menu is your new option (E).

  6. Sign on with your new location, and change your billing plan:

    • From the Help menu, choose "Accounts and Billing."

    • Select "Change Your Billing Method or Price Plan."

    • Click "Update Pricing Plan."

    • Choose "$9.95/BYOA." Click "Display Plan" to see if that's what you want. If so, just continue following the directions.


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