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Chapter 15. Getting Connected > Using both AOL and an ISP

Using both AOL and an ISP

It is certainly possible to use both AOL and another isp. In fact, your monthly bill from AOL is less expensive if you are connected to an isp (although of course the isp will also bill you monthly). Some people use both because someone in the house wants all the chats, clubs, organization, and structure of the AOL service, but someone else in the house wants the direct, clean connection to the Internet without AOL getting in the way. If this is your plan, go ahead and do both (although there is a slight glitch in something called "AOL link," that you will have to work out; see page 290). If you get to a point where you find you are not using the AOL services very much but are spending most of your time directly on the Internet, then you can cancel AOL at any time.

An advantage to using AOL with an isp is that the AirPort wireless system, if you decide to use it (see Chapter 20) can connect to AOL through your isp, but cannot connect directly to AOL.


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